Champagne mission may be on Spycatcher agenda

York runner-up has Doncaster option.

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Spycatcher could bid to break his maiden status in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster.

The seven-furlong Group Two has been earmarked as an option for the Karl Burke-trained Vadamos colt – who filled the runner-up spot in the Acomb at York, having previously finished fourth on his debut at Redcar.

Although connections believe Spycatcher is a Pattern-race performer, a drop in class in an attempt to get his head in front for the first time has not been ruled out as an alternative to a potential outing on Town Moor.

Harry Herbert, racing manager to owner Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, said: “It was a terrific run from Spycatcher in the Acomb. Take nothing away from the winner, but Spycatcher was a gallop short – so he will come on plenty.

“Karl wanted to go that lofty route with him, because he felt he really should have won on his debut when he stumbled badly coming out of the stalls.

“We will just look at the options and we might look at a Listed race or the Champagne at Doncaster, or we might just try to bag a small race with him.

“He is a fantastic-looking horse, and it is exciting to see where he will take us – he is a horse we are very much looking forward to next year.”

While Spycatcher is likely to be kept at seven furlongs on his next start, Herbert believes he will have no problem getting further in the future.

He added: “I think he will definitely get a mile, and he would probably step up further than that at some point.

“He would get a mile and a quarter, I would imagine, but you never quite know beyond that.

“We are just thrilled to have another horse like this at Pattern-race level.”

Next year’s Melbourne Cup is the long-term aim for Durston, who has swapped life in Newmarket with David Simcock to join Ciaron Maher and David Eustace in Australia.

HIghclere’s Sea The Moon gelding finished down the field on his only start in Britain this season, when sent off second favourite for the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Herbert said: “Durston sustained an injury after Ascot, but he was always destined to go to Australia and he is out with Ciaron Maher and David Eustace now. He is sidelined, but we are really excited about them training him.

“David (Simcock) felt he had improved from three to four – and with that in mind, now he is in Australia, hopefully he can be a Melbourne Cup horse next year.”

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