Lahore team mulling the options following impressive Doncaster victory

Mon 18 Sep 2017

Connections of Lahore are considering several options for his final outing of the campaign following his runaway success at Doncaster on Wednesday.

The Roger Varian-trained three-year-old won on his first two starts at Doncaster and Windsor before struggling to make his presence felt in a Group Three at Deauville last month.

Returned to handicap company on Town Moor, Lahore put his rivals to the sword in some style to earn himself a step back up in grade.

How high he goes, however, remains to be seen.

Ted Voute, racing manager to owner Prince Faisal, said: "We've got him in three races - the QEII, the Prix de la Foret and the Challenge Stakes.

"I don't know whether we might go a little quieter than that. I think there are two Listed races we could run him in before the end of the season.

"We took him to France and things didn't work out for him against Group One horses.

"Prince Faisal might want to run him in the Challenge Stakes, so we'll see. I remember with Belardo, myself and Roger Varian wanted to go for the Horris Hill and Prince Faisal wanted to go for the Dewhurst.

"Belardo obviously won the Dewhurst, so he was proved right. He's obviously a better judge than we are!

"I think he'll just have one more run this year as he's one we're really looking forward to next season."

A high-class colt who has carried the Prince Faisal colours for the last time is Andre Fabre's Last Kingdom.

The son of Frankel completed a hat-trick in a Maisons-Laffitte Group Three in June and was last seen finishing fourth behind Eminent in a Group Two at Deauville.

"He's been sold to race in Hong Kong," Voute revealed.

"It's a bit of a shame as the Frankel horses seem to be getting better as they get older and he could have developed into quite a smart horse.

"But we are quite commercial and when the offer came in from Hong Kong, we decided to accept." 

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