Distance to suit stablemates

Cool Tart coasting home as Santa's pick at Te Rapa.

Cool Tart coasting home as Santa’s pick at Te Rapa.

Stablemates Cool Tart and Downton Abbey are expected to be suited by the step up to 2000 metres in Friday’s Gr. 2 Mongolian Khan Royal Stakes at Ellerslie.

“Cool Tart looks well placed and is a filly with a pedigree that suggests staying will be her forte,” said trainer Roger James.

Downton Abbey will also benefit from taking on her own age group.

“She’s backing up from last week and she’s a filly that’s bounced through her run well,” said James. “She raced against some older competition that were hard and more seasoned.

“I thought she might have been a bit closer than she was in the finish, but 2000 metres

won’t worry her at all and if we get some cut in the ground it will really play into her hands.”