Superstar Mohaather is being targeted at the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on British Champions Day, with his trainer Marcus Tregoning still looking at a race to prep him before that.
The Ascot Group One is not until the end of the flat season on October 17th, this means we will see the Group One winner again before that and a trip to away from Britain has not been ruled out.
The four year old has been a shining light for the experienced trainer and at Glorious Goodwood last week he gave him is first Group One win for 14 years in the Sussex Stakes.
Tregoning is now weighing up his options for the Hamdan Al Maktoum colt and he is finding it tricky to get the right race with fears the Prix Jacques le Marois on Sunday week may come too soon, while the Prix de la Foret on Arc de Triomphe weekend is too close to the QEII.
(Credit ATR) The handler said: “His end-of-season target will be the QEII.
“Whether something slots in before that we’re not sure yet, but Ascot is his main target.
“We could have really done with the Marois being a week later than it is. There isn’t anything that slots in ideally, as the Marois is the 16th (of August) which is a bit quick and if we drop down to seven for the Foret it’s too close to Champions Day.
“With the races all moved around it’s difficult. At least we’re now looking having won a Group One, given how we felt after Royal Ascot things are a good bit different.”
Although the QEII is his main target, Tregoning has not ruled out running him again after that race.
He said: "The Breeders’ Cup is three weeks after Ascot this year so that would give him enough time, but that would be entirely down to Sheikh Hamdan. He is lightly raced so hopefully we’ll get a few more goes with him.”