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    Eustace is considering the Wolferton option for Docklands
Eustace is considering the Wolferton option for Docklands
Docklands (near side). Source: irishracing.com

Eustace is considering the Wolferton option for Docklands

Harry Eustace is contemplating entering the Queen Anne Stakes instead of stepping Docklands up to 10 furlongs at Royal Ascot.

He finished a creditable third in the Balmoral Handicap on Champions Day, off a 10lb heavier mark, after winning the Royal Hunt Cup the previous season.

Though Eustace believes there would be more value in running in the Wolferton Stakes at a mile and a quarter rather than going for the gold in the Queen Anne, he has been barely defeated this season in two Listed races over a mile, most recently in France.

“He ran super. Obviously, it is quite frustrating as we feel like he should have won. I haven’t decided where he goes yet,” said Eustace. “I’ve always wanted to try the Wolferton, but Hayley (Turner) wasn’t so sure after France about the 10 furlongs, but I feel like he had to make a big effort on tough ground to get to the winner. If he was smuggled into it over a mile and a quarter, which you could do on the sharp, round track at Ascot, he’s then got that turn of foot. I would rather do that but Audience winning the Lockinge has thrown Queen Anne wide open. I just feel like he has to have won a Listed race to go for a Group One but we’ll see, the owners (OTI Racing) are very sporting.”

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