Lord of the Lodge to bypass Haydock and head straight to Royal Ascot

Wed 3 Jun 2020

Lord Of The Lodge is set to bypass his weekend entry at Haydock in favour of taking a direct route to Royal Ascot.

Karl Burke’s colt finished second in last year’s Gimcrack and already has a win under his belt in 2020 having landed a conditions event at Newcastle in February.

The son of Dandy Man is entered in Sunday’s Betway Spring Trophy, but is likely to sidestep that outing.

Burke said: “Lord Of The Lodge has an entry at the weekend, but it’s more than likely he’ll go straight for the Jersey.”

Burke had been mulling a 2000 Guineas run with his charge, but with no trials before Saturday’s mile Classic, the Middleham handler shelved those plans.

He said: “It was a big ask to go in a Classic stepping up in trip. His style of running is to go forward but common sense is to take it in stages.”

While Burke will not be represented in the colts’ event, he will have a runner in the Qipco 1000 Guineas in the shape of Yes Always.

The daughter of No Nay Never won a Newcastle novice event last October in fine style but is facing a hike to Group One level at Newmarket.

Burke added: “She definitely goes, she’s in great form, Ben’s (Curtis) been in to ride her.

“Obviously it’s a big step up on what she did on debut at Newcastle, but she’s a very nice filly – whether she’s a Guineas filly we’ll find out, but we’ll ride her to get a place and find out.”

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