Unbeaten juvenile Ventura Lightning has Kempton’s 188Bet Casino Sirenia Stakes on his agenda.
The Richard Fahey-trained two-year-old made it two out of two at Ripon on Saturday, and is beginning to live up to his tall reputation.
Of the hundreds of horses Middleham Park Racing have bought as a syndicate, the No Nay Never colt is the most expensive at 165,000 euros – from the Arqana breeze-up sale in May.
“We were toying with putting him in the Listed race back at Ripon on Monday, but that just might come a bit soon – though he’s come out of the race great,” said Tom Palin, of Middleham Park.
“Being a breeze-up, they can be a little bit highly-strung, so we didn’t want to rush him back. We’re taking the patient approach, because he is a very nice horse.
“We’re looking at six and seven-furlong Listed and Group Three races, and I think the obvious one at this stage is the Sirenia Stakes at Kempton on September 7.
“He’s a nice horse. He’s got a Middle Park entry, and that is not by mistake – we think he deserves to be in there.
“Whether he’s up to the Middle Park, the Sirenia looks a nice stepping stone.”
Palin senses Ventura Lightning is well capable of further progress.
He added: “It might have looked a match on Saturday – and the third was closer than we might have liked – (but) I think we were better than the winning margin, because it turned into a sprint.
“This horse had never been in front in his life – at Thirsk on debut, he hit the front very late.
“He’s never asked a serious question at home – so when he hit the front on Saturday, he just wondered what it was all about.”