Hungerford Stakes winner Massaat has Champions Day target after Newbury win


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Massaat overcame a 373-day absence to win the Hungerford Stakes at Newbury on Saturday and the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes is a target later in the year

CONNECTIONS of Massaat will now look for a prep run for him before a possible tilt at the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot in October.

Owen Burrows’ colt made a winning return from 373 days off in the Hungerford Stakes and Burrows reports him to have come out of the race well.

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Massaat made a winning return at Newbury

“He ate up last night and trotted up fine this morning, so touch wood, the initial signs are all good,” said the Lambourn handler.

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“Ascot is October 21. It’s a little bit away. We’ll get our heads together, have a chat and see. Obviously we’ll be looking at Group 1s now.

“That was only his seventh ever race. He’s lightly-raced so it’s fingers crossed.”

Before injury put a hold on Massaat’s career, he had shown top-class form, notably when second in the Dewhurst Stakes and 2,000 Guineas.

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