Brando back to Group One company

The Prix de l'Abbaye at Chantilly and the Qipco British Champions Sprint at Ascot are the options under consideration for Saturday's Ayr Gold Cup hero Brando.

Brando wins the 2016 William Hill Ayr Gold Cup under Tom Eaves.

The gelded son of Pivotal provided trainer Kevin Ryan with his fourth win in the Scottish showpiece with an impressive victory over hot favourite Growl.

Ryan now feels his charge deserves a tilt at Group One glory before the season is out.

The Hambleton Lodge handler said: "He's great, he came out of the race very fresh and well.

"We'll see how he is in the next four or five days and make a plan from there. He's in the Abbaye and he's in on Champions Day at Ascot.

"We wouldn't be worried about going back to five (furlongs) in the Abbaye and he obviously stayed the six (furlongs) well on Saturday.

"He's just a very adaptable horse and we could go either way with him."

Meanwhile, Ryan is hoping to keep the winners flowing in Scotland at Hamilton Park on Monday where the Hambleton trainer saddles four runners on a bumper eight-race card.

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First up is Rag Tatter who shoulders top-weight in the racinguk.com Nursery Handicap while 38,000gns purchase Shah Of Armaan makes his debut in the Racing UK Profits Returned To Racing Maiden Stakes.

Canny Style receives weight all round as she faces five rivals in the Glasvegas Headlining Here Next Week Handicap.

Her trainer said: "She got off the mark at Carlisle over a mile and three furlongs and did it nicely in the end. This is a similar trip on another stiff track and hopefully she'll run well once more."

Ryan's final runner is The Wee Barra from the opposite end of the weights in the concluding Music Festival Racenight Featuring The View Handicap.

The stable isn't represented in the the afternoon's feature, the £10,000 Hopes N Dreams Selling Stakes but the race is named after the mare who spent most of her career in Ryan's care and who won eight times at Hamilton Park.

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