Middle Park next for Mehmas

Mehmas will be aimed towards the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes following his fine effort in defeat at the Curragh on Sunday.

Mehmas: In line for the Middle Cup back at his favoured trip.

Victorious in the July Stakes at Newmarket and the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood, the Richard Hannon-trained juvenile tested the water at seven furlongs for the first time on his Group One debut in the National Stakes and was far from disgraced in finishing second to Aidan O'Brien's 2000 Guineas and Derby favourite Churchill.

Harry Herbert, racing manager for owners Al Shaqab Racing, feels Mehmas' performance proved he is more effective at sprint distances and expects him to prove hard to beat when he bids to secure his maiden top-level success at Newmarket on September 24.

Herbert said: "At the end of the day, with a strong headwind and yielding ground, it exposed his stamina to a certain degree, but he still ran a very good race.

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"Frankie (Dettori) was very easy on him once it became clear the favourite was going to win, and you have to say the winner does look an extremely good horse.

"We were keen to give it a go and I don't think our horse lost anything in defeat, but we'll go back to six (furlongs) with him now and head for the Middle Park.

"I thought he looked terrific in the paddock on Sunday, physically he's thriving and he was his usual happy self afterwards.

"He has the most fantastic temperament and is the most wonderfully consistent horse.

"We'll look forward to running at Newmarket and it will take a very good one to beat him."

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