James Tate is weighing up the next plan of attack with Ruwaiyan
Last Updated: 06/08/14 12:31pm
Ruwaiyan (far side) has plenty of options after a fine run at Goodwood
James Tate is weighing up the next plan of attack with Ruwaiyan following his excellent effort in defeat at Glorious Goodwood last week.
The five-year-old was campaigned over distances as far as a mile and a quarter during his days with Godolphin, but has gradually been dropped in trip by his current trainer.
After finishing a close second on his six-furlong debut at Newcastle, the five-year-old was pitched into one of the most competitive handicaps of the season in the 32 Red Cup, better known as the Stewards' Cup, and was beaten just two lengths into fourth.
Tate feels the result may have been even better had Ruwaiyan been better drawn.
"We were pleased with the run and you do wonder what might have happened if we had followed the winner," said the trainer.
"We followed the favourite, Muthmir, because of where we drawn and you wonder where we might have finished if we'd been drawn nearer Intrinsic.
"He's come out of the race well and he has loads of options now, so it is just a case of trying to pick the right race for him.
"He's entered at the Curragh, Baden-Baden and Deauville and then there are races like the Great St Wilfrid at Ripon and the Ayr Gold Cup to consider.
"Hopefully we can pick the right race, we get the luck of the draw and a bit of luck."