Royal Ascot date for Poised

Bryan Smart: Targeting Royal Ascot with juvenile

Bryan Smart is hoping to provide Sir Alex Ferguson with a Royal Ascot runner in Excellently Poised.

The Sepoy colt made a winning debut at Musselburgh recently when beating Requinto Dawn, who had won a division of the Brocklesby at Doncaster.

Smart would like to get another run into him before travelling south but where that will be has yet to be decided for the youngster, who is part-owned by the former Manchester United manager.

"Obviously we're thinking of Ascot at this stage," said Smart.

"I trained his dam (Excelette) and she was very good. I'll just have a look and see what is about for him. At the moment I'm very happy with him and he seems like a nice horse."

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Smart is also looking forward to getting Alpha Delphini back in action in the Longholes Palace House Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.

The six-year-old won handicaps at York and Ascot last summer before winning the Beverley Bullet in August.

He was beaten a short head by Cotai Glory in a Group Three at Newbury in September, but would be 3lb better off should the pair clash again this weekend.

"He's in good order and is as fit as I can possibly get him at home without having a run," said the Hambleton handler.

"He did his final piece of work (on Tuesday morning) and it went very well.

"Having won a Listed last year, we're looking at Group races this season and I think he's up to it.

"He's matured again and should be reaching a peak."

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