Dewhurst is Estidhkaar target

Last Updated: 21/07/14 1:45pm

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Estidhkaar: Dewhurst Stakes the big aim

Estidhkaar: Dewhurst Stakes the big aim

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Estidhkaar, runaway winner of the Superlative Stakes at Newmarket's July Festival, has been given the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes as an end-of-season target.

Richard Hannon's Dark Angel colt justified favouritism with some authority in the Group Two and earned himself a an official rating of 113 in the process.

While Goodwood could be on his agenda, the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster may be the route he goes down.

Owner Hamdan Al Maktoum's racing manager Angus Gold told At The Races: "I've only spoken to Richard briefly and he said Goodwood [Vintage Stakes] could be a possibility.

"If we think he's good enough to run in the Dewhurst, though, then we'll work backwards from there. He'll only have a few more races this year.

"I would guess that he'll be in the Goodwood race but we may wait for something like the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster to see whether he is good enough to run in the Group One."

Meanwhile, Gold said options were still under consideration for another exciting juvenile owned by Sheikh Hamdan.

Faydhan, a John Gosden-trained son of War Front made an impression when justifying cramped odds in a Haydock maiden at the beginning of the month.


Gold explained: "John said we'll look at a conditions race somewhere to get some more experience into him before deciding on whether to stay at six furlongs or to step him up to seven.

"If we decide he's fast enough then we'll go for the Gimcrack (York, August 23) and then possibly the Middle Park at Newmarket (October 17) at the end of the season.

"John is pleased with him and he's always looked a nice horse. He was a beautiful yearling and a real sharp looking type.

"His joints were a little immature early and that's why we didn't see him any earlier than Haydock. We hope to get him back on the racecourse soon."

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