Andrew Balding looking to Beat to Bank Lockinge pot

Lightly-raced four-year-old has more to come this season

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Beat The Bank is on course to make his seasonal reappearance in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury next month.

The son of Paco Boy has won four of his six starts to date including triumphs at Group Three and Group Two level last season.

He failed to fire on his final outing of 2017 in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot, but trainer Andrew Balding is looking forward to his Newbury comeback on May 19.

He said: “He worked nicely on Wednesday morning and the plan is to go straight to the Lockinge. That was always the plan.

“He runs well fresh. He had a long season last season and hopefully he will last a bit longer into the season starting later.

“We are toying with the idea of giving him an away day but we will make a decision regarding that after the weekend.”

The Kingsclere handler also has high hopes for two of his star stayers in Count Octave and Montaly.

Count Octave made a successful return in a novice race at Wolverhampton earlier this month, while last season’s Lonsdale Cup victor Montaly is close to a comeback having been off the track since October.

Balding added: “Count Octave has come out of the Wolverhampton race really well. Hopefully if the ground is not too soft he will go to the Yorkshire Cup (May 18) now, all being well.

“Montaly worked on Wednesday morning. There is a possibility he will go for the Sagaro at Ascot (May 2) if he is ready in time, but he has got other options.

“He is in the Yorkshire Cup, or he could wait for the Henry II at Sandown (May 24).”

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