Swagger set to sidestep Haydock

David Lanigan fears the ground will be too fast to run Mitchum Swagger in the Superior Mile Stakes at Haydock on Saturday.

Mitchum Swagger (orange and red silks, black cap) ran a fine race in the Royal Hunt Cup

An unlucky third in the Royal Hunt Cup, he was last seen finishing a narrow second to Buckstay at Chelmsford.

Lanigan is hoping the ground is soft enough to enable him to return to Ascot on Champions Day.

"It's just a question of ground for him," said the Upper Lambourn handler.

"I decided to run him at Chelmsford just to get him out as last year I waited and waited for his ground.

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"He ran very well but he's just not mad keen on coming down a hill, which they do a bit there.

"Jamie Spencer actually told me last year when he ran at Newmarket he wasn't keen on coming down the hill there.

"Now we know he wants soft ground and while he's ready to run on Saturday, I'd imagine the ground will be too quick.

"There's the Balmoral at Ascot on Champions Day where you'd imagine he'll get his ground.

"He's only run one bad race in his life, which was at Leicester earlier this season.

"I'd love to win a Group Three or a Group Two with him somewhere."

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