Sakheer Routed Directly To Commonwealth Cup

‘TDN Rising Star’ Sakheer (Ire) (Zoffany {Ire}), who ran seventh in the G1 QIPCO 2000 Guineas earlier this month, is likely bound for the G1 Commonwealth Cup S. without a prep in June, according to trainer Roger Varian.

Owned by KHK Racing, the bay was named a Rising Star off of a victory at Haydock in September, and he ran out an open-length winner of the G2 Mill Reef S. at Newbury later that month. The Guineas was his first run at three.

“He’s come out of the race well and most likely he will go straight to the Commonwealth Cup,” said Varian of his Royal Ascot-bound colt. “It was such a messy race the 2000 Guineas, it was almost a non-event for us. He made quite an eyecatching move in the race, but it was all happening away from him and maybe he just didn’t get home the final 100 yards.

“We imagine a stiff six furlongs at Ascot is tailor-made for him.”

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