Kaspersky off to Hungerford
Kaspersky will tackle a new trip on his final start in Britain next month in the Betfred Hungerford Stakes at Newbury.
Plans are in place to drop the six-year-old back to seven furlongs for the first time in his career in the Group Two on August 19 before he is shipped out to Australia to resume his racing career.
After finishing a respectable fifth in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot on his penultimate outing, the Jane Chapple-Hyam-trained son of Footstepsinthesand found only Mutakayyef too strong in the Summer Mile back at the Berkshire track last Saturday.
Chapple-Hyam said: "That was a good effort in the Summer Mile and he will probably be geared up for the Hungerford at Newbury before packing his bags and heading to Australia.
"Martin (Harley) said he probably ran better on Saturday than he did at Royal Ascot . He is a trier and gives it a go. The handicapper must have thought he has done okay as he has put him up to 113 from 111.
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"It will be the Newbury route rather than York for the Strensall Stakes as my own gut feeling is that I would rather come back than go up in trip, where he might just fade in the last furlong.
"You have got to have a strong finisher to get the seven furlongs down the straight at Newbury. I probably should be looking at a Group Three but I don't want to go up another furlong and I don't want to travel too far before Australia, so the Hungerford is the only real option."
Chapple-Hyam's Bullington Bandit could drop back down to six furlongs on his next start, with the Qatar Richmond Stakes earmarked as a potential target.
After springing an 80-1 shock on his debut, the son of Canford Cliffs finished down the field in last weekend's Superlative Stakes at Newmarket.
Chapple-Hyam added: "The draw in gate two had me on the wrong side of the track. Coming into the dip I thought 'here we go' and then he floundered in the dip.
"He showed good speed to get into the race early on, so we might go for the Richmond and come back to six.
"I might be out my depth at Goodwood but I am never afraid of giving it a go. I believe in the horse so we might stick our neck out and have a go."
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