Mick Appleby has Portland plan for Ascot winner Danzeno

Mon 28 Aug 2017

Danzeno could take in the Portland Handicap at Doncaster on the way to the Qipco British Champions Sprint at Ascot on October 21.

Trainer Mick Appleby sees the extended five-furlong handicap on September 16 as the likely prep for his smart six-year-old – though he will also bear in a mind a contest at Ascot next month.

Danzeno won his first race for two years when successful at Ascot last month and then had no luck when seventh in the Stewards' Cup at Glorious Goodwood.

"He ran well in the Stewards' Cup. He had traffic problems and if he'd had got a clear run he'd probably would have won," Appleby told At The Races.

"He's in on Champions Day. We'll aim for that and probably give him one run into him before that.

"He is likely to go for the Portland or possibly a handicap at Ascot in September and then Champions Day at Ascot.

"He's very good and I've always said he's a Group One horse.

"Silvestre (de Sousa) gave him a peach of a ride that day and he'll come on from Goodwood."

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