Astro King likely for Cambridgeshire duty

Daniel and Claire Kubler’s Astro King could head next for the Cambridgeshire unless a valuable Racing League run proves more tempting.

The six-year-old had a long-term aim in the John Smith’s Cup at York and fell short by just a pixel as he was beaten a nose by Amy Murphy’s Pride Of America.

He returned to the same track for the last race of the Ebor meeting, the Sky Bet Finale Handicap, and was this time the winner as he prevailed by a length and a half under William Buick.

Daniel Kubler said: “It was brilliant, the horse deserved it, the owners deserved it. It was a very good day out.”

The bay now holds an entry for the Cambridgeshire at Newmarket on September 30, but could also be called up for Racing League duty as the Kublers are part of a competitive London & The South team that currently sit third in the table.

Kubler said: “I’m not quite sure where we’re going to go with him, we’re in two minds as to whether we’ll go for the Cambridgeshire.

“We’ll either go there, or I think Matt Chapman’s (London & The South’s team manager) very keen to run him in the Racing League.

“I think you would rarely get a shot at a Cambridgeshire with a horse that’s in such good form.

“As long as the ground is reasonably quick I like to think he’d be competitive, it’s just whether the drop in trip is ideal – we’re discussing it.”

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