Duke plans under discussion
Sunday 2 September 2012
Connections of Duke Of Firenze are to discuss plans for the lightly raced son of Pivotal, who is at the head of the market for the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup.
The three-year-old, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, is a top-priced 14-1 for the Scottish showpiece on September 22 but is currently some way off making the cut after being allotted 8st 5lb.
Duke Of Firenze is seen as a long-term prospect by his owner-breeders the Cheveley Park Stud and has won two of his five starts to date.
He is the first foal of Nannina, who carried the stud's colours to victory at Group One level in the 2005 Meon Valley Stud Fillies' Mile and the 2006 Coronation Stakes.
"There are no plans as yet. I'm not sure what will happen and I am going to see Sir Michael," said Cheveley Park's managing director Chris Richardson.
"We think he's a nice horse. He's obviously well-bred and we want to get the mare off to a good start.
"He's certainly got the ability, but like all Sir Michael's horses he'll take him progressively and with a view to him racing next year.
"The Ayr Gold Cup was a sensible entry anyway."