Permian in Juddmonte picture
The Juddmonte International at York has emerged as a potential target for Royal Ascot hero Permian.
The Teofilo colt was supplemented for the Investec Derby after victory in the Dante Stakes on the Knavesmire in May, and while he disappointed at Epsom, he showed his true colours when landing last week's King Edward VII Stakes.
He was immediately ruled out of the Irish Derby, and with the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown likely to come too soon, trainer Mark Johnston is set to choose between an Ascot return for the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes on July 19 or the International on August 23.
"He's in the Eclipse a week on Saturday, but that will almost certainly come too quick for him," said Johnston.
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"He's in the Juddmonte and the King George and I'd be interested in running him over a stiff mile and a quarter (at York)."
Permian was one of two winners for the Middleham handler at the showpiece meeting, with Oriental Fox winning the Queen Alexandra Stakes for the second time.
He also had a number of horses perform well in defeat, perhaps most notably Nyaleti.
The two-year-old turned out just six days after making a winning debut at Salisbury in the Chesham Stakes and ran a fantastic race to fill the runner-up spot behind 1000 Guineas favourite September.
Johnston said: "The phone hasn't stopped with people wanting to buy her.
"We were really pleased with her, but that (seven furlongs) might have been too far so we might go back to six for the Cherry Hinton (Duchess of Cambridge Stakes) at Newmarket (July 14)."
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