Shalfleet hoping for ‘Gronk’ hat-trick


GRONKOWSKI will bid for a three-timer tomorrow night when he contests the ‘Road To The Kentucky Derby’ conditions stakes at Kempton.

The son of Lonrho scored in a Chelmsford novice race last November before following up in a similar event at Newcastle on February 9.

His next assignment will be considerably tougher but trainer Jeremy Noseda is anticipating another encouraging run from the Phoenix Thoroughbred-owned colt.

Gronkowski will once again be partnered by jockey Jamie Spencer and is drawn three in the eight-runner race.

Jeremy said: “This has been the specific plan since he won at Chelmsford. 

“Newcastle was a prep race and he took a small step there. Tomorrow is a bigger step.

“But I have a lot of faith in the horse and he is more than equipped to compete.

“He is in great shape, tip-top order. I couldn’t be happier with him and the track will suit too.”