York victor Dunkerron could take July Stakes challenge

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Alan King could step Dunkerron up to Pattern-race company on his next start for a tilt at the Arqana July Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday week.

The Barbury Castle Stables handler is weighing up an outing in the six-furlong Group Two event after his youngster followed up his win at Windsor when carrying a penalty to victory at York on Saturday.

King said: “He seems to have come out of York very well. He might have an entry in the July Stakes. We would have to see what it is looking like, but it is possible we will put him in and have a look.

“If he didn’t go to Newmarket he would probably go for a Listed race at Newbury (Rose Bowl Stakes) the following week.

“Speaking to Kevin Ryan after the race he thought his horse (Three Card Trick) was pretty smart, so it was pretty good to give that one 6lb and win.

“We’ve got a good bunch of two-year-olds in and although I’m not saying I have any better than him, we look to have some nice staying types in there. I am very happy with them.”

Stablemate Top Tug will be given a short break after finishing down the field in the Northumberland Plate, ahead of a potential outing in the Betfred Ebor for the third season in succession.

King said: “I think the race possibly came a bit too quick after Ascot. If I knew it (artificial surface) was going to be riding that slow, I probably wouldn’t have sent him up there.

“He will have a little break now. He will have an entry in the Ebor. He is not really handicapped to win a big handicap, but he will still run well in whatever he runs in.”

York victor Dunkerron could take July Stakes challenge
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