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Cannock with grounds for concern

London Gold Cup winner Cannock Chase will only run at Royal Ascot if there is sufficient cut in the ground.

Sir Michael Stoute's three-year-old continued his progression with a smooth display at Newbury on Saturday, beating some highly regarded colts into the bargain.

He holds an entry in the King Edward VII Stakes at the Royal meeting and will have other options, but owner Saeed Suhail's racing manager Bruce Raymond said Stoute will only let him take his chance when he is happy with the ground.

"He came out of the race fine, I've spoken to Sir Michael," said Raymond.

"We were obviously delighted with him, it was a very good display although Sir Michael did say that he would prefer a bit more cut in the ground.

"As for where he goes next, we're not sure. Wherever it will be, he's very ground dependent.

"He's obviously in at Ascot but we don't want to commit because he'll only run wherever the ground is right, he definitely needs cut."

Another horse Raymond looks after is Saeed Manana's Brazos, taken out of the King Charles II Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday by trainer Clive Brittain because of the fast ground.

"I'd imagine he'll be going to Ascot but he's another who needs cut, that's why he didn't run," said Raymond.

"The Jersey is probably in the equation but I'd think the Britannia would be much more up his street."