Bryan Smart considering Doncaster options for Antagonize

Tue 7 Aug 2018

Bryan Smart is weighing up options at Doncaster for his unbeaten juvenile Antagonize.

A winner at Newcastle on debut, he then followed up at Redcar under a penalty.

Smart now needs to decide whether to step up to Group Two company in the Howcroft Industrial Supplies Champagne Stakes or run in the Weatherbys Racing Bank £300,000 2-Y-O Stakes off a low weight.

“He’s still a big baby, really, so it wouldn’t bother me if we had just one more run and then put him away for next year,” said Smart.

“When he hit the front at Newcastle on debut, he clearly didn’t know what he was doing, but everything comes so easily to him.

“At Redcar he was only a little bit more clued up, but he had to win the race twice. Nothing could give him a lead and then when something came out of the pack, he had to go again.

“Graham (Lee) has given him two lovely educational rides and he’s a very exciting horse for the future.

“At the moment I’d say he’d be more likely to run in the sales race, because he’s only down to carry 8st 9lb and it’s worth a hell of a lot more than the Champagne.”

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