Balding takes glance at York
Monday 23 July 2012
Side Glance, third to Frankel at Royal Ascot, is likely to test his powers over a mile and a quarter for the first time in Saturday's Sky Bet York Stakes.
Andrew Balding's five-year-old was a Group Three winner over a mile last season and struck at the same level over nine furlongs in the Diomed Stakes at Epsom in June.
He ran arguably a career-best when third behind the world's highest-rated horse in the Queen Anne Stakes, and Balding thinks it is worth testing his charge's stamina at the longer trip.
The trainer also has Lay Time entered in this weekend's Group Two feature on the Knavesmire, but she is likely to wait for the Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
"It's quite likely Side Glance will run at York and I think the filly will probably wait," said Balding.
"We think it's worth having a go at a mile and a quarter (with Side Glance). He was staying on well at Ascot and I know the owner is keen to see whether he stays.
"He's in good shape and I'm reasonably confident he'll get the trip all right. The track at York should suit him and the ground should be fine, so you'd like to think he'll run very well."
Side Glance can be backed at 10-1 for the Sky Bet York Stakes with the race sponsors.