Mali in line for York return – with Everest on the long-range radar

Fahey expecting improvement from Dubai run

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Richard Fahey has set the Everest in Australia as a potential long-range target for his smart sprinter Sands Of Mali.

The four-year-old ended last season with victory in the British Champions Sprint at Ascot in October, and reappeared in the Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan on World Cup night in March.

However, having shown up well through the early stages, he ultimately weakened into sixth place under Oisin Murphy.

He now looks likely to return in the Duke of York Stakes next week, ground permitting, before heading to Royal Ascot.

Fahey told “I was a little disappointed with his reappearance effort in the Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan where he didn’t finish the race well, but he was taking on hardened professionals and it was a big ask.

“However, that should have put him right for the season and he has been going very well at home since. We will be looking at York for him and if he didn’t go there then we would go straight for the Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.

“He wouldn’t want it too firm and long term we are talking about the possibility of him going to Australia in October for the Everest.”

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