Roger Fell targets Leopardstown double with Burnt Sugar

Sun 2 Sep 2018

Burnt Sugar is set to bid for a repeat victory in the Sovereign Path Premier Handicap at Leopardstown on September 15.

The Roger Fell-trained six-year-old defeated 17 rivals to scoop the 88,000 euro first prize in 2017 and has landed two big prizes at Newmarket and Ascot this summer.

He could not make it three on the bounce at Goodwood, however, as he was compromised by a wide draw and did not get the best of runs in a 17-runner affair won by Flaming Spear.

“He had a bad draw at Goodwood. We rode him for luck. The winning jockey went for the outside, we went to the inside,” said Tim Palin, director of racing for owners Middleham Park.

“If he’d have got the splits he might have got through and stayed on for a place.

“He probably goes to Leopardstown for the race he won at the Champions Weekend meeting. That will probably be his next run.”

Should Burnt Sugar make the places at Leopardstown, then he could take up a speculative entry in the Prix de la Foret at Longchamp three weeks later.

“If he ran a solid race there he probably deserves a day out in the Foret on Arc day,” said Palin.

“We do realise he’s about 10lb short of winning the Foret, but he could finish fifth and pick up some decent prize-money.

“He’d need to run well at Leopardstown to earn the right to mix it with that company in the Foret.”

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