Quick ground key to Zonderland autumn gameplan

Wed 30 Aug 2017

Ground conditions will dictate where Zonderland is next seen on a racecourse.

Clive Cox's four-year-old was denied a winning comeback when forced to settle for the runner-up spot for the second successive season in the Celebration Mile at Goodwood on Saturday.

Chris Richardson, racing manager to owners Cheveley Park Stud, said: "He ran a hell of a race and it was lovely to see him back. We have been waiting for the ground having had to bypass the Sussex Stakes."

He went on: "I think it was a decent enough effort first time out and all credit both to the horse and the trainer. He has come out of the race well and that is the main thing.

"The weather is set to be fair for the next month and with him it just depends on the ground as he needs it quick.

"The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot is an obvious race in the autumn, while he has also got the Moulin entry (Chantilly) and one in the Boomerang Stakes at Leopardstown.

"We could possibly look at the Park Stakes (Doncaster) but I think we will keep him at a mile as he was doing his best work at the end of Saturday's race."

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