Michelle Payne has Royal ride

Michelle Payne is set to ride at Royal Ascot

Kaspersky remains on course for a tilt at the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot, where he will be partnered by Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Michelle Payne.

The six-year-old was previously trained by Endo Botti and counts Italian and German Group Two victories on his record along with third place in the Group One Premio Vittorio di Capua last term.

A son of Footstepsinthesand, he made his debut for Jane Chapple-Hyam when fifth in the Paradise Stakes at Ascot and was second under 10st in a handicap at Nottingham last time out.

Payne, who created history in 2015 when becoming the first female rider to win the Melbourne Cup, is lined up to ride at the Royal meeting.

Chapple-Hyam said: "He had to lump a big weight round Nottingham, but because the Listed race at Windsor was abandoned, that was the only thing I could really run him in.

"He will go for the Queen Anne now . Michelle Payne is definitely riding him and I think she is aiming to get here about June 14, then she can sit on him at home and get to know him.

"He will come on again, I am not saying he is going to be in the first four, but he will give his owners a run for their money. His long-term goal is the Emirates Stakes at the Melbourne Cup Carnival."

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