Musselburgh in mind for Indianapolis

Queen’s Cup on agenda after mighty run at Doncaster

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Indianapolis may head to Musselburgh for the Queen’s Cup Handicap on Easter Saturday following his fine effort at Doncaster.

The Galileo colt outran his odds of 50-1 on Sunday to finish second to Group One regular Red Verdon, on his second start for James Given.

The four-year-old was bought privately out of Aidan O’Brien’s stable, where he was top Group performer Gustav Klimt’s lead horse.

“He’d had one run for us before – but this was his first run on turf, so we were delighted with it,” said Given.

“The slow early pace didn’t suit our horse, who looks like staying is going to be his game.

“We’re looking at a mile and three-quarters next. I’m thinking if we’ve got a bit of weight in hand the race we have in mind is the Queen’s Cup. It gives us three weeks between the races, and it has a nice pot.”

A possible long-term objective is the new million-pound Ebor, a race Given won with Hugs Dancer in 2002.

“He’s lightly-raced, and so is probably a bit unexposed at this trip and staying further,” he added.

“A pipe-dream for the medium to long term is the Ebor. It’s a race we won years before. You could get into it rated less then.

“It will be interesting to see, with the prize money on offer, you could have the top staying horses from around the world. What will be the minimum rating to get into that race?”

Given is hoping Indianapolis has signalled his potential to reach that required level.

“He looks a Listed/Group Three horse on what we saw on Sunday,” he said.

“Whether that’s enough to get into the new-look Ebor, we just don’t know yet.

“That’s a nice dream to have – but in the medium term we’ve got a lovely horse to go to nice races with and hopefully win a few quid.”

Musselburgh in mind for Indianapolis
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