Sands Of Mali tops 25 still in the mix for Middle Park

Wed 13 Sep 2017

Richard Fahey's Gimcrack winner Sands Of Mali is among 25 remaining entries in the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket on September 30.

After making all at York, Sands Of Mali has done nothing but please his trainer since.

"The Middle Park Stakes is the target for Sands Of Mali, who is really well. I am very happy with him and wouldn't swap him for anything else in the race," said Fahey.

"He put up a solid performance in the Gimcrack and that race has done him the world of good. It's helped him grow up and he's exactly where we want him at the moment.

"In the long run, I don't necessarily see Sands Of Mali as a sprinter. He's a big, strong, galloping horse who is just talented.

"He will go on any ground and it wouldn't worry me if it rode soft at Newmarket because he won at Nottingham on quite testing ground."

Karl Burke's Prix Morny one-two Unfortunately and Havana Grey, Coventry Stakes hero Rajasinghe and July Stakes winner Cardsharp are other major contenders.

There are 11 remaining possibles from Ireland including Sioux Nation and Beckford, first and second in the Phoenix Stakes.

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