Big targets in mind for promising juvenile Yousini

‘We are hoping he is a Group horse’

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Unbeaten juvenile Yousini is set for a sharp rise in class on his next appearance.

Kevin Ryan’s colt made a successful debut at Hamilton in May and followed up with a narrow victory at Carlisle the following month.

Connections have been waiting for suitable underfoot conditions since, but he is clearly held in high regard, with races as high-profile as the Prix Morny at Deauville and the Gimcrack Stakes at York under consideration.

Tim Palin, racing manager for owners Middleham Park Racing, said: “We looked like we were going to win quite comfortably at Carlisle, but we didn’t quite let ourselves down on the ground. We’ve been waiting for better ground and waiting for ease in the ground.

He has been entered in France a couple of times and he is in the Morny. If we got soft ground we would consider that.

“There was a six-furlong nursery at Goodwood we could have gone for and also the Richmond, but the ground wasn’t soft enough.

“He’s in the Gimcrack and there’s also a £75,000 nursery at York, so he could go for one of those, or the Morny.

“We just need rain. We are hoping he is a Group horse. The handicapper has him at 91, so he is in that territory at this stage.”

The successful syndicate harbour Classic ambitions for the exciting Raymond Tusk.

After finishing sixth in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown, the Richard Hannon-trained colt made the most of having his sights lowered when winning the Listed Glasgow Stakes at Hamilton a fortnight later.

Palin feels Raymond Tusk is an ideal candidate for the St Leger at Doncaster next month, but he is set for another outing beforehand.

Palin added: “We will see him one more time before the Leger.

“He is in the Great Voltigeur, but I am keen to keep him away from the likes of Loxley, Dee Ex Bee and Wells Farhh Go. They are hardened professionals, whereas we are still work in progress.

“The Geoffrey Freer at Newbury is an option. He will get weight for age in that and if we do go down that route it will be 29 days since he won the Glasgow Stakes and then another 28 days to the Leger, which is perfect.

“If we wait a week longer and go for the March Stakes at Goodwood it will be 21 days between that and the Leger. It is just that week closer and a furlong further. It will probably be the weaker race and they are probably the only two options we have got on route to the Leger.

“There is a chance if he was to win his next start impressively we could get sidetracked to an Arc trial. Realistically we are probably not good enough for an Arc. You would love to kid yourself you are good enough, but the Leger is probably the realistic goal at the minute.”

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