Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes
|Group 2, Newmarket 14:35
1m, Class 1
|Saturday 26th September 2015|
Aug 06 First Selection is likely to have the remainder of his campaign geared towards a shot at the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes.
Although a decision on his next race has yet to be made, the Group Two mile contest at Newmarket's Rowley Mile on September 26 has been identified as a possible long-term target.
After winning his first two starts, the Simon Crisford-trained two-year-old was not disgraced when finishing ninth in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The Abdulla Al Mansoori-owned colt returned to winning ways last time out when upped to seven furlongs with a narrow victory in a nursery at Newmarket's July Festival.
Bruce Raymond, racing manager to the owner, said: "He quickened up well at Newmarket and the step up in trip obviously helped.
"The Royal Lodge would be the ultimate objective. Although it is a bit of a step up, the owner is keen to go in that direction with him."
Although looking a horse destined for the top after winning last year's Tercentenary Stakes, the Sir Michael Stoute-trained four-year-old has yet to win in his three starts this season.
Raymond said: "He has been off for a bit as he has had a few minor problems. Just when he looks like coming back something goes wrong.
"He is back in work now and his next run is on the horizon. I am sure Sir Michael has got a few ideas in his head where he wants to go."
Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes 2014
£110,000 added, 2yo only, 1m, Class 1
Going: Good to Firm, Good in places
|Pos||Dr||Dist||Horse SP Jockey||Wgt||Trainer|
|1st||(4)||Elm Park 11/4
|9-0||A M Balding|
|2nd||(3)||1||Nafaqa (IRE) 5/4f
|9-0||B W Hills|
J P Spencer
|9-0||K A Ryan|
|4th||(6)||1½||Misterioso (IRE) 11/1
|5th||(5)||1¾||Lord Ben Stack (IRE) 8/1
||9-0||K R Burke|
R L Moore
|9-0||D H Brown|