Massaat on comeback trail in Sovereign Stakes

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Massaat: has not run since finishing down the field in the Derby

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)  

 By David Carr 7:31AM 11 AUG 2016 

Preview: Salisbury, Thursday

totepool Sovereign Stakes (Group 3) 1m, 3yo+

MASSAAT may be the forgotten colt from the Classic scene but he bids to jog a few memories this afternoon.

Galileo Gold, the 2,000 Guineas winner, went on to land the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, where the Newmarket third Ribchester won the Jersey Stakes, and both horses went close behind The Gurkha in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood last month.

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But little has been seen of the three-year-old who split the pair at Newmarket in April, beaten just a length and a half by the winner and coming home two lengths clear of the third.

Massaat was aimed at the Derby by Owen Burrows but trailed in ninth behind Harzand and has not run since.

‘A nice opportunity’

His trainer is looking forward to getting the son of Teofilo back on the track, and said: “He’s only run five times but has run in three Group 1s so I hope this will be a nice opportunity for him to get his head in front and we can build him up gradually.

“His Guineas form has stood up through the season and you can put a line through the Derby as it just didn’t happen for him then. We’ve been patient with him and he is ready to go.”

Zonderland was sixth in the Guineas for Clive Cox, and bids to bounce back after finishing eighth of nine in the Prix Jean Prat last time.

“Last time at Chantilly he banged his head on the stalls, he missed the break and it got a bit messy on the inside,” Cox said. “I’ve always held him in high regard, he definitely has plenty of class.”

 
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