Tashkhan holds plenty of options, says delighted Ellison

Sun 19 Jun 2022

Ground conditions will dictate whether Tashkhan will line up in next month’s Goodwood Cup.

Brian Ellison’s stable star hit the front in Thursday’s Gold Cup at Royal Ascot before fading into fifth place, ultimately beaten five lengths by Aidan O’Brien’s Kyprios.

With the winner and third-placed Stradivarius - plus last year's winner Trueshan - possibly heading to the Qatar Goodwood Festival the Group One contest is shaping up to be a fascinating heat, with Ellison not afraid to take them all on.

“Just on that ground we had a Ascot he lacks a gear, he just needs more juice in the ground,” said Ellison.

“He ran a blinder and wasn’t beaten far. Those in front of him just have a turn of foot. We could have done with a better gallop, too.

“He’ll have an entry at Goodwood but I just feel sorry for the horse, he’s crying out for a bit of cut because he runs his heart out all the time.

“He’s proved he’s up to that level, he was in front a furlong out. If it came up quick at Goodwood we could miss it.

“Our main aims this year are to go to France for the Prix du Cadran and then Ascot on Champions Day when you think he’d be bound to have his ground.

“There’s other options though, Doncaster and York, but the main thing is the ground – he’s a different horse on softer ground.

“I was over the moon with him. He goes on that ground and gives 100 per cent every time.”

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