MOVE In Time will continue his preparation for the defence of his Prix de l’Abbaye crown in the Qatar King George Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
David O’Meara’s sprinter reappeared for the first time since his finest hour in France when winning a small race at Hamilton on June 30. “He’ll run at Goodwood next in the King George,” said the Nawton handler.
“He’ll then go to York for the Nunthorpe, over to France for a race he ran in last year (Prix du Petit Couvert at Longchamp) and then the Abbaye again.
“It was a nice introduction for him at Hamilton. To be honest, we hadn’t planned to run him there. We were going to start him off at Goodwood, but we spotted the race.
“It cut up on the day and even though he was just three-parts fit, he won it nicely. All roads lead back to France, that’s always been his main aim.
“He could be one of three in the Nunthorpe for us, with G Force and Out Do, too.
“G Force will run in the July Cup first, while Out Do could run in the City Walls at York on Saturday.”
Another standard-bearer for the O’Meara operation has been multiple winner Custom Cut, who could take on Brian Ellison’s Top Notch Tonto at York later this month.
“Custom Cut will go to York at the end of the month for the Sky Bet York Stakes, we’re going to up him to 10 furlongs,” said O’Meara.
“He won the Strensall, which is over nine and a half, so we’ll stretch him a little bit more.
“He’s not easy to place as he’s been turned over in two Group Ones and carries penalties in Group Twos, but he’s a wonderful horse who thrives on his racing.”
The Irish Derby winner Jack Hobbs could have his next run in France after the Prix Niel was mentioned as a potential target by trainer John Gosden. The Newmarket handler said the mile-and-half Group Two at Longchamp on September 13 could act as a stepping stone for the three-year-old before the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe over course and distance a month later.
After finishing second to stablemate Golden Horn in both the Betfred Dante at York and the Epsom Derby, the son of Halling gained compensation when becoming the first British-trained winner of the Irish Classic in more than 20 years.
Gosden said: “Jack Hobbs is a lovely horse who has come all the way through.
“He got unlucky running into Golden Horn in both the Dante and the Derby.
“He is having a short holiday now and is just trotting. A race like the Prix Niel could be for him before the Arc.”
Ladbrokes St Leger hero Kingston Hill could miss the rest of the season after suffering a further setback.
Trainer Roger Varian was forced to rule out the first half of the campaign after the colt suffered injury in the Spring, but he had hoped to see him return this autumn.
“He has sustained a soft tissue injury to his left fore. He will again require a period of rest before he is able to resume training. Sadly, given the time of year this fresh setback will cast a doubt over whether he will be able to race this season,” said Varian.
As well as Classic glory at Doncaster, Kingston Hill chased home Australia in the Derby and finished fourth in the Arc.