Lewis heads straight to Ascot

Trainer David O'Meara is aiming at the Wokingham with his in-form sprinter

Ante-post favourite Edward Lewis was a surprise absentee from the final declarations for the William Hill Scottish Sprint Cup at Musselburgh on Saturday.

Trainer David O'Meara will instead aim the four-year-old at the Wokingham Stakes at Royal Ascot on Saturday week.

O'Meara feels the Wokingham will be less of a lottery than the Epsom Dash in which he was an unlucky fifth, only beaten a length, and than at Musselburgh, where the draw can be more of a significant factor.

"I'm going to try Edward Lewis in the Wokingham and run him there," O'Meara told At The Races.

"He ran well in the Epsom Dash, but that can be the sort of race where there could be half a dozen horses that are unlucky.

"Royal Ascot is more prize money. I think you're less a victim of how the race unfolds. It's a bigger, wider track and you're not as draw dependent.

"At Musselburgh, if you're not drawn high against the rail you could be out in the middle of the track and you could be unlucky again.

"I wanted to give him a run over the six furlongs and for the kind of money the Wokingham is."

A maximum field of 17 has been declared for the Musselburgh feature in which O'Meara will be represented by Move In Time.


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