Lagardere the next "obvious" step for Anodor, says Freddy Head

Mon 10 Sep 2018

Freddy Head will wait to see how Anodor is over the next couple of weeks before deciding whether to step him up to Group One company in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere over a mile at ParisLongchamp on October 7.

The son of Anodin took his 100 per cent record to two with an all-the-way victory over the course and distance in the Group Three Prix des Chenes on Sunday. Betfair and Paddy Power quote him at 20-1 for the 2,000 Guineas.

Head admits the Lagardere is the logical next step, but he does want to over-race Anodor this term as he sees him as an exciting prospect for 2019.

“I like him a lot. He was very well this morning. He’s fine,” said the Chantilly trainer.

“The obvious race is the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere on Arc day. We’ll see. If he comes out of the race well, we will go for that.

“I don’t want him to have too hard a race this year. He’s a backward colt and I know he will improve. I think he’ll be a good horse next year.”

Meanwhile, Confiding could be given the chance to make it third time lucky in Pattern race company in the Worthington’s Stakes at Newbury next month.

The seven-furlong Group Three prize, better known as the Horris Hill, is under consideration for the Martyn Meade-trained son of Iffraaj who has finished third in the Vintage and Solario Stakes since making a winning debut at the Berkshire track in June.

Freddie Meade, son and assistant trainer, said: “We thought after last time he would benefit from a bit more time to grow into himself as he is still a big, rangy horse.

“He will possibly have one more run and it could be the Horris Hill later on in October, then, all being well, come back for a Guineas trial next year.

“That would be the plan after he has had another winter on his back and go from there. We do still hold a lot of faith in the horse.

“In hindsight, maybe Goodwood didn’t suit him that well. He didn’t really handle the track and he was quite green that day and I think we bumped into a couple of nice horses at Sandown.

“I think with another winter on his back, he will be a different horse next season.”

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