Massaat set for QEII

Massaat on the way to winning the Betfred Hungerford Stakes

Connections of Massaat will scour the programme book for a suitable opportunity before the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot in October following his triumphant return at Newbury on Saturday.

With nine weeks to the one-mile feature, sponsored by Qipco, on Champions Day, there should be time to get in another run into the Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned colt.

Trainer Owen Burrows reported Massaat to be in fine shape after the four-year-old overcame a 373-day absence to win the Group Two Hungerford Stakes.

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"He ate up last night and trotted up fine this morning, so touch wood, the initial signs are all good," said the Lambourn handler.

"Ascot is October 21. It's a little bit away. We'll get our heads together, have a chat and see. Obviously we'll be looking at Group Ones now.

"That was only his seventh ever race. He's lightly-raced so it's fingers crossed."

Before injury put a hold on Massaat's career, the son of Teofilo had shown top-class form, notably when second in the Dewhurst Stakes and 2000 Guineas.

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