Zonderland to stay in training for Clive Cox and Cheveley Park Stud

Thu 2 Nov 2017

Connections of Zonderland have earmarked the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury as his first major target next season.

Plans are in place to keep the Clive Cox-trained four-year-old, who was limited to just two starts this year, in training for another season.

Zonderland has missed the bulk of the season, but the son of Dutch Art was just denied on his return in the Celebration Mile at Goodwood before finishing down the field in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on softer-than-ideal ground at Ascot.

Chris Richardson, racing manager to owners Cheveley Park Stud, said: "Everything went against him with the ground (at Ascot).

"We were frustrated he was second again in the Celebration Mile but he ran another great race.

"We took our chance of running in the Queen Elizabeth but we knew the ground wouldn't be ideal, but we kept him going for so long we felt we needed to have a run.

"Clive was very happy with him after the race and we decided he will stay in training so we will have another go next year.

"The Lockinge, if the ground was right, would definitely be his number one target. We just hope we get a bit of decent ground."

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