Sir Busker To Return This Weekend In Summer Mile

Sir Busker

The William Knight trained Sir Busker is set to head back to his beloved Ascot this weekend in search of the Group Two Summer Mile having ran a career best last time out over course and distance last time out when third in the Group One Queen Anne Stakes.

A highly campaigned handicapper, Sir Busker has amassed 25 runs and five wins during his career to date.

Most notably when winning the Silver Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot last year. Shouldering top weight, he finished like a steam train under Oisin Murphy to a thrilling success.

He nearly followed it up in the Bunbury Cup at Newmarket but found the drop to seven furlongs too sharp to see him get the better of Motakhayyel.

Career best efforts soon followed with a second in the Group Two Celebration Mile and fourth in the Queen Elizabeth II, finishing just behind the superstar miler Palace Pier.

The straight mile at Ascot is certainly his bag and he returned with an encouraging third this term in the Listed trial for the Queen Anne Stakes.

He went over to France for his final bit of prep and he was underwhelming but bounced back in a big way last time out when finishing a superb third behind Palace Pier again and Lope Y Fernandez in the Group One.

The Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds owned gelding is all set to head back to the Berkshire track on Saturday stepping back in Group Two company for the Summer Mile where he looks a big player.

(Credit ATR)The owners spokesperson Sam Hoskins said: “It’s definitely the plan to run.

“We’re really looking forward to going back to his favourite track. Obviously this is on the round mile, which is a bit different, but there is moisture around which is no bad thing for him.

“He’s no mud lark, but it will just inconvenience others more than it will him. It was quick ground at Royal Ascot, so he’s very versatile. Hopefully he runs a big race.”

Hoskins added: “I think it was a career-best in the Queen Anne. While they didn’t go a mad gallop in that I think it also means he wasn’t flattered.

“He can go back to Ascot for the QEII in October and the other race we’re thinking of is the Woodbine Mile in September – if we’re allowed.”