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Enjazaat bypasses Royal Ascot

16 June 2017 National Sport

Last Updated: 16/06/17 3:31pm

Owen Burrows, trainer of Enjazaat

Owen Burrows, trainer of Enjazaat

Owen Burrows will bypass Royal Ascot with Enjazaat in favour of a tilt at next month’s Arqana July Stakes at Newmarket.

The Lambourn handler will ready the son of Acclamation for a shot at the six-furlong Group Two prize after ruling out a trip to the Berkshire track next week.

After finishing last in a maiden at Newbury on his debut, the Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned colt bounced back with an authoritative success in a novice event at Yarmouth.

Burrows said: “Enjazaat won’t be going to Royal Ascot . We will have a look at the July Festival and he will have an entry in the July Stakes and we will go from there.

“I just thought going to Ascot would be a bit too quick and it would not be ideal sticking him in something like the Coventry so soon.

“I had a chat with Angus Gold (racing manager) and we both said that we should look to the July Festival as it gives us a little more time to build him back up.

“It was a non-event at Newbury for us and only time will tell what he beat at Yarmouth. They were not nice conditions at Yarmouth and I am confident he will be a better horse on faster ground.

“It is certainly worth giving him a shot in a decent race like the July Stakes to see where we stand with him.”

Plans are in place to take the unbeaten Laraaib, who is in the same ownership, to the July Festival for a shot at the bet365 Handicap over a mile and a quarter.

The son of Pivotal made it two from two after backing up his Chepstow maiden success when defeating the previously unbeaten Atty Persse.

He added: “Laraaib is a massive great raw horse. There is the three-year-old mile-and-a-half handicap at Ascot, but we decided not to give him an entry there.

“He will get that trip in time, but I am not sure he has the experience yet for a race like that.

“He is another that we will probably keep back for the July Festival as there is a nice mile-and-a-quarter handicap there for three-year-olds which is worth a lot.

“He did quite a bit of work last year and he nearly got to the racetrack. He showed greenness when he won at Chepstow.

“I was very impressed with Atty Persse at Sandown and I am not saying I am surprised we won, but if we had run him close I would have been chuffed to bits, but he did better than that.

“From what he has shown, I would certainly be hopeful he will be up to Group race level, whether that is this year or next year, only time will tell.”

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