Champion Sprint The Big Target For Art Power

Art Power

The Champion Sprint Stakes at Ascot has been targeted as Art Power's big end of season goal with Easterby hoping the return to the track of his last win can see him pick up his first Group One race of his career.

The King Power owned three year old has shown himself to be a aspiring talent for the yard, winning three of his six outings to date, including the Five Furlong Palace Of Holyroodhouse Handicap at Royal Ascot this year.

That performance saw him land a hat-trick of wins and put himself on the map as a sprinter and from there has since stepped up once again.

The son of Dark Angel headed over to Naas for his Irish debut in the Group Three Lacken Stakes and at a short price made a decent field look very average to gain his fourth successive win.

Before the Nunthorpe, where he ran no sort of race, he had landed his three turf starts by a combined 11 lengths in mostly soft conditions.

He went to Haydock for the Sprint Cup las time out in search of a better performance and in the hot 13 runner Group One he finished a respectable fourth.

His handler is hoping for more progression and taking him back to a familiar track like Ascot should do wonders for the three year old.

(Credit ATR) Easterby said: “He’s in good shape – he came out of Haydock well.

“I was very happy with how he ran at Haydock and it will be Ascot next for him, all being well.

“He’ll be a better horse next year as he’s still got some strengthening up to do.”