Major handicaps are set to be the norm for Sir Busker this season after his gallant run in defeat in the Bunbury Cup at Newmarket.
Races such as the Golden Mile at Glorious Goodwood, the bet365 Cambridgeshire at Newmarket and Ascot’s Balmoral Handicap are likely to be on the agenda for the William Knight-trained four-year-old.
“The Golden Mile at Glorious Goodwood is the next target. It’s not worth as much money this year, but we’re lucky to be running in these races,” said Sam Hoskins, racing manager for owners Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds.
“The Cambridgeshire and the Balmoral Handicap are targets for later time-wise, but there might be something else too.”
Hoskins was delighted with Sir Busker’s effort in getting within three-quarters of a length of Motakhayyel, despite veering to the left in the closing stages.
“We were very pleased. It was a great run. I think a fast pace really helps him,” he said.
“Seven furlongs is the minimum, but we thought we’d get away with it. Another half a furlong and maybe he’d have won.
“The winner’s a lovely horse. Like us, he won at Royal Ascot and the form is good. I jut hope the handicapper is not too harsh on him.
“Sir Busker is a really cool horse. He came from a rating of 79 as a two-year-old and has just improved and loved his racing, so it’s brilliant.”