By Simon Jackson.
Roger Varian is keeping an eye on the weather for Kingston Hill who is one of 19 entries in the Geoffrey Freer Stakes on Betfred Ladies’ Day at Newbury on Saturday.
The 2013 Racing Post Trophy winner was second to Australia in the Investec Derby. He was set for a rematch with the Epsom winner in the Irish Derby, only to be withdrawn on the day of the race due to the good to firm ground.
The son of Mastercraftsman was fourth in the Coral-Eclipse at his next start and holds a brace of entries for the Ebor meeting at York next week.
But Varian has revealed that the colt could instead be re-routed to Newbury, where the going is currently good, good to soft in places ahead of the Berkshire track’s two day meeting on Friday and Saturday.
“We gave Kingston Hill a short break after Sandown and he looks great for it,” Varian said.
“He is a high-class colt and I think he is set for a good autumn.
“The plan since Sandown has been to head to York. If we looked like getting a soft-ground Juddmonte International, he could go there. If the ground is good, we would more likely head to the Great Voltigeur over a mile and a half.
“He also has an entry this weekend at Newbury in the Geoffrey Freer and it is a case of watching the weather and taking a look at all the options.”
The Group 3 Geoffrey Freer Stakes is one of two Group contests on the seven race card, that is headed by the Group 2 Betfred Hungerford Stakes.
Ladies’ Day includes a Best Dressed Lady competition, where the winning prize is a luxury holiday for two in Orlando Florida. Radio 1′s Annie Mac and the legendary Pete Tong will also be performing live after racing.
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