DAVID O’Meara’s two stable stars Suedois and Lord Glitters could head to Goodwood’s showcase meeting next month after being narrowly defeated in Ascot’s Summer Mile last weekend.
The Yorkshire stablemates looked set to fight out the finish to this Group Three race before Beat The Bank, the mount of in-form Oisin Murphy, caught them both in a frantic three-way finish.
Lord Glitters, victorious in Ascot’s Balmoral Handicap on Champions Day last October and then runner-up to Accidental Agent in last month’s Queen Anne Stakes at the Royal meeting, would prefer softer ground while Suedois, who won a Grade One prize in North America last year, could drop in trip.
“Both are grand after it, I was delighted with Suedois after he had disappointed in the Queen Anne,” said O’Meara.
“It was more how the race panned out that day, though, and he’s shown that back round a bend he’s as good as he was last year, when he won a Grade One abroad and a Group Two in Ireland.
“The next step for him could be the Lennox at Goodwood. Suedois was third in it last year, so he likes it there.
“We knew there wasn’t much between him and Lord Glitters and it’s just a shame they weren’t first and second.
“He (Lord Glitters) is probably better on soft, but the summer we are having means he wouldn’t be running at all if we kept waiting. Longer term, the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes back at Ascot looks his race, but there’s the Sussex at Goodwood or the Strensall at York he could run in before then – he’ll go wherever the ground is easier.”
Meanwhile, connections of Dee Ex Bee admit there is “no obvious target” ahead of the St Leger at Doncaster on September 15.
The Epsom Derby runner-up, trained by Middleham’s Mark Johnston, has disappointed on his two subsequent runs.
The colt finished second behind Masar in the Derby in June, but has been below that form in two subsequent runs.
Well beaten in the Irish Derby, he could only finish third in the Grand Prix de Paris last weekend. “He’s come out of the race fine, but obviously it was not the result we wanted,” said the trainer’s son and assistant Charlie.
“At declaration time on Thursday they said the ground would be good to soft, but when I got there and walked it, it was good to firm.
“As we saw in the Irish Derby, over a mile and a half on quick ground, things just happen too quick for him – he needs further on that ground.”
The Gigaset International at Ascot on Saturday week is the likely next target for Burnt Sugar after the well-backed horse, trained at Nawton by Roger Fell, landed the Bunbury Cup at Newmarket last Saturday.