King Ottokar to revert to mile trip

Glorious Goodwood or Salisbury on agenda for Fellowes colt

  • Wednesday 17 July
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Charlie Fellowes expects King Ottokar to relish a step down in trip to a mile for the first time this season when he returns to action next month.

The Newmarket trainer has the choice of the Bonhams Thoroughbreds Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on August 2 or Salisbury’s Tattersalls Sovereign Stakes on August 15 for the son of Motivator.

King Ottokar was last seen finishing third to Sangarius in the Hampton Court Stakes over 10 furlongs at Royal Ascot, having failed to see out the mile and a half when fourth behind Sir Dragonet in the Chester Vase.

He was highly-tried on his only run over a mile to date in the Vertem Futurity at Doncaster last October, after making a winning debut over seven furlongs at Newbury.

Fellowes said: “He’s in great form -we’re just picking things up (with him again).

“We’ve got a choice of a Group Three over a mile at Goodwood, or he could go for the Sovereign Stakes at Salisbury.

“We want to drop him back to a mile – we think he’s got a lot of speed.”

The Newmarket trainer will take prevailing conditions into account.

“At Goodwood I’d be concerned if the ground came up quick,” he added.

“As for Salisbury, I’d be a little bit more relaxed how the ground was.

“We’ve got options and are really looking forward to getting him back on the track. He looks a picture.”

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