Kirk weighing up Newmarket option for Salouen's seasonal bow

Jockey Club Stakes a possible starting point

  • Wednesday 10 April
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Salouen could make his seasonal debut in the Roaring Lion Jockey Club Stakes at the Guineas meeting on May 4.

Sylvester Kirk’s stable star fell agonisingly short in a couple of Group Ones last term, being touched off by Cracksman in the Coronation Cup and reeled in by Waldgeist in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud.

He massively outran his 80-1 odds in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe when sixth of 19 behind Enable and ended his year in Hong Kong in December, where he finished down the field in the Vase.

“Salouen is in great form and there is a good chance he will make his 2019 debut in the Jockey Club Stakes, it will either be there or the Buckhounds Stakes at Ascot a week later,” said Kirk.

“He found the ground a bit fast and the track a bit sharp when he went to Hong Kong in December, but he’s wintered well and I’m delighted with him.”

Salouen is one of 23 entries for the Group Two, with Aidan O’Brien responsible for five, headed by St Leger winner Kew Gardens.

John Gosden has entered Wissahickon, Coronet and Weekender with Young Rascal, Defoe and Red Verdon all in the mix.

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