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Balding plotting Bonfire return

Andrew Balding expects Dante Stakes winner Bonfire to be ready for a racecourse comeback in the spring.

Andrew Balding expects Bonfire to be ready for a racecourse comeback in the spring.

A great hope for owners Highclere Thoroughbred Racing in the Investec Derby after winning the Dante Stakes at York, the four-year-old was a disappointment at Epsom and then in the Coral-Eclipse.

As he had frequently shown signs of temperament, it was decided Bonfire would be gelded.

"He's coming back to me next month," said Balding. "We haven't seriously thought of a plan but he might run in something like the Earl Of Sefton at Newmarket."