Sir Busker To Stay In Group One Company Next Season

Sir Busker

The William Knight trained Sir Busker will be kept in training next season and connections will opt to keep him in Group One company off the back of his smart performance in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on British Champions Day at Ascot.

Sir Busker had a break through season this term running credibly in Handicap events which has seen him land the Silver Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot, and now he has stepped up to Group company where he has placed in a Group Two and last time out finished fourth on his first try in a black type event.

With the four year old showing he can mix it with the best over a mile his owners, the Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds syndicate will be dreaming big with him next season with talks of entering him into the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury in May and the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.

There is also suggestions that the owners may take him over to Australia for some of their feature races, but all depends on whether they are allowing racegoers back on the track.

Kennet Valley racing manager Sam Hoskins said: “I’m not sure where we’ll go. We were thinking of the Lockinge and the Queen Anne next year.

“We’re looking into the option of to Australia as well. He could go a bit global – our spring, their autumn, March and April. There are races for him.

“Whether racegoers are allowed back on track will have a bearing. We have to think about our syndicate members. If they were allowed back, going to Australia would be at the expense of the Lockinge.

“If they can’t attend, then it doesn’t matter if he runs at Randwick or Newbury. It affects our campaigning a bit.“He’s just been an amazing horse, and William Knight has done a great job with him.”

His career best effort in the QEII has really given the owners something to think about next season having just had a handicap horse all year now could potentially have a group winner in the making.

Off the back of his run on Champions Day Hoskins has said: "Obviously he’d won at Royal Ascot, so we thought he’d handle the track.

“He was unlucky not to be third really, given the way he drifted across the track.

“It’s just a shame they didn’t race close to the stands side – then the rail would have stopped him – but we’re really happy, and it’s so exciting for the future.

“It was handy him going off camera and coming up the stands rails, because the handicapper has left him on the same mark (of 111). It was very good of him, because it gives us options.

“He could run in the Queen Anne and then one of those big mile handicaps as well. Ascot suits the way he races.”