Tate has high Chesham hopes

The Crown emblem gates at Royal Ascot

James Tate is looking forward to testing the ability of Hey Gaman in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The two-year-old was just denied a winning debut last month when going down by nose to the more experienced Westerland at Leicester.

With that experience under his belt, Newmarket-based Tate is hopeful his charge will raise his game for the step up to Listed class he is set to face on Saturday week.

Tate said: "Hey Gaman is a lovely big strong horse by New Approach that has always worked well.

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"Unfortunately he was beaten a nose at Leicester on his debut by one of Mr (John) Gosden's, who I believe is also bound for Royal Ascot.

"Hey Gaman worked well on Tuesday morning and it looks like he has come on again. He is my only real decent chance next week and we are hoping for a big run in the Chesham."

Ground conditions are likely to dictate whether stablemate Kyllang Rock will also head to Berkshire for a tilt at the King's Stand Stakes.

The three-year-old had to settle for the runner's-up spot for the second race in succession in a Listed contest at Haydock on Friday.

"I think Kyllang Rock will make up into a smart horse this year. He is in everything from the King's Stand to random Listed races," Tate added.

"We will try and gap his races at least three weeks apart from each other and with him, the ground needs it to be on the easy side of good.

"Hopefully we will have a Group One sprinter on our hands next year as he is getting better and better."

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