Owen Burrows is tempted to target Wadilsafa at Ascot’s Summer Mile next month following a pleasing effort at York on his latest start.
The son of Frankel flopped when last of eight to Zaaki at Ascot in early May on his first start since winning at Sandown in September, but turned in a more encouraging display as he failed by just a length and a quarter to give 14lb to Happy Power in the Listed Ganton Stakes.
Burrows already has an eye on a possible return to York for the Group Three Strensall Stakes in August, over the intermediate trip of nine furlongs.
“He ran well at York. I was pleased with him. That was much more like himself,” said the Lambourn trainer.
“We are tempted to step him up in trip, but I don’t know whether or not it will be on his next start.
“There’s a Listed race at Sandown (July 6), which is possible, but I’ve always fancied going to Ascot for the Summer Mile.”
Plans remain fluid, but Wadilsafa’s programme appears to revolve around three dates.
“I’ll have a chat with the team, and we’ll go from there,” added Burrows.
“He may possibly go to Ascot for that, and then step up in trip after for the Strensall at York over a mile and one.
“He may go to Ascot and then go to York, or we might give him an entry in the Sandown race. That’s a Listed race and is against the three-year-olds.
“We were giving a stone nearly at York last time under a penalty, which is quite hard to do.”