Mizzou contender for Ascot Gold Cup after course record win in Sagaro Stakes

Sara Cumani (centre) after Mizzou's win at Ascot.

Sara Cumani (centre) and jockey William Buick after Mizzou’s win at Ascot.

By Simon Jackson at Ascot.

Mizzou will target the Ascot Gold Cup after an emphatic victory in the Group 3 Longines Sagaro Stakes at Ascot where he set a new course record.

The Luca Cumani-trained four-year-old was slowly away and raced near the back of the field of eight runners for the bulk of the two mile journey.

He improved in the run-in and hit the front a furlong out to win impressively for William Buick in a record three minutes and 24.12 seconds. He has since been cut to 8-1 (from 20-1) with bookmaker Paddy Power.

“He is an Ascot Gold Cup horse hopefully,” trainer’s wife, Sara Cumani said.

“He is a sweet and gentle horse as you saw today. William said he wouldn’t want the ground any livelier. He will probably go to Sandown for the Henry II and then the Ascot Gold Cup.

“We are delighted with him and they went a decent pace as we saw that suited him and everything worked out perfectly.”

Limato is another to have Royal Ascot in his sights after extending his unbeaten record to five wins with an impressive victory in the Group 3 Merriebelle Stable Pavilion Stakes.

He is into 5-2 from 7-2 for Royal Ascot’s new Group 1 Commonwealth Cup.

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