Archie Watson outlines plans for Royal Ascot hero Soldier’s Call

Goodwood or France in the mix, with Nunthorpe bid not ruled out

  • Wednesday 04 July
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Archie Watson is keen to stick at five furlongs for now with Soldier’s Call following his Windsor Castle Stakes success at Royal Ascot.

The Showcasing colt has won two of his three starts this term, with Watson believing he is at his best over the minimum distance.

The Group Three Bombay Sapphire Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood is one possible option on the radar, while the Group Two Prix Robert Papin could also come under consideration.

Watson, who was recording his first career success at the Royal fixture, said: “We’ve no definite plans yet. I was delighted with him at Ascot, he came out of the race well and we just need to look at the options now and discuss it with the owners.

“I will probably keep him to five furlongs at this stage as he’s got so much speed.

“We could possibly look at the Molecomb at Goowood or the Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte. I know that’s over five and a half furlongs, but that’s probably equivalent to the stiff five at Ascot.”

Soldier’s Call is also entered for the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York in August, a race in which the juveniles get a very healthy weight-for-age allowance.

Watson added: “I wanted to put him in there just in case we wanted to look at it when the time comes, as you do get a lot of weight in that race.”

Archie Watson outlines plans for Royal Ascot hero Soldier’s Call
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