QEII on radar for Massaat
Trainer Clive Burrows has picked the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on British Champions Day next month as a likely target for Massaat.
The four-year-old ran a pleasing race in France on Sunday, coming home in fourth behind leading miler Ribchester in the Prix du Moulin at Chantilly.
That was just Massaat's second start of the season and his trainer would like another shot at Richard Fahey's charge at Ascot next month, where he feels conditions might afford Massaat a chance to bridge the four-and-a-quarter length gap.
Massaat returned to action last month, impressively winning the Group Two Hungerford Stakes at Newbury over seven furlongs. The colt has endured an interrupted time of things since finishing second to Galileo Gold in last year's 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket.
"He ran a solid enough race against the best older miler around [on Sunday]," said Burrows.
"Jim (Crowley, jockey) said Ascot would suit him better and both Angus (Gold, racing manager) and Sheikh Hamdan (owner) are keen to go for the QEII on Champions Day.
"He's also in the Prix de la Foret but, judging by what I saw on Sunday, that won't suit him."
While no plans are yet in place for next season, Burrows would relish the opportunity to work with Massaat for another campaign and attempt to snare a top-level prize.
"I hope he stays in training next year, he's lightly raced and has been placed in two Group Ones," he added. "I'd love to win one with him."
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