James Tate is relishing a potential rematch between Invincible Army and Sands Of Mali in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot next month.
The Tate-trained Invincible Army made an impressive start to his three-year-old campaign in the Pavilion Stakes at Ascot at the start of May and was a well-backed favourite to follow up in Saturday’s Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock.
He ultimately failed to reel in Richard Fahey’s all-the-way winner Sands Of Mali, but there was just a nose between them at the line and Tate is hoping for a different result in Berkshire.
“He ran well and didn’t lose anything in defeat,” said the Newmarket-based trainer.
“He looked to be closing on the winner at the line and we’ll see whether we can turn the form around and what else turns up at Ascot.
“We were gutted to get beaten so narrowly, but now we’re looking forward to the rematch.”