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Sir Busker could have a French test |  Race news

Sir Busker could take a trip to France as he prepares to run for Group 1 glory in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Connections of the five-year-old William Knight trained will see the Prix de Montretout, a Listed one-mile race, at ParisLongchamp on May 24 as a stepping stone to next month’s flagship meeting.

Sir Busker made a good seasonal debut taking third place in the Paradise Stakes at Ascot last week. He has a good track record at Berkshire, having won the Silver Royal Hunt Cup last summer and then finished fourth in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes in October.

“We were very happy with his race,” said Sam Hoskins, racing director for owners Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds.

“They probably weren’t going fast enough for him, and he probably needed them more than he expected.”

“The plan is to go see Queen Anne at Royal Ascot. He could run in between once. There is a Listed one mile race on May 24 at Longchamp.”

This mission can also prove to be a practical reconnaissance mission for future overseas targets.

“He could go if he can get there with the paperwork,” Hoskins added.

“It could be a good stepping stone in terms of time, and traveling could be the order of the day with him. It would be a pretty interesting idea to see how he travels.

“He’s running well at Ascot. It’s hard to see him win the Queen Anne, but you could see him making the top six, so for that reason we can’t wait to give it a try.”

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