sport

Charlton weighs up Al options

Trainer Roger Charlton has revealed a tilt at next month's Juddmonte International at York is "unlikely" for multiple Group One winner Al Kazeem following his pleasing return to action at Newbury on Saturday.

The six-year-old claimed the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh, the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot and Sandown's Coral-Eclipse during a stunning campaign in 2013, following which he was retired to the Royal Studs in Sandringham after being bought by the Queen.

However, after reportedly getting only around 25 mares in foal, he returned to training with Charlton in May and was a heavily-supported favourite for his eagerly awaited comeback in Saturday's Doom Bar Stakes.

Having travelled powerfully for a long way, Al Kazeem weakened into fourth in the closing stages but offered plenty of hope he can return to the highest level.

Charlton said: "The horse is absolutely fine and I have an idea where he will go next, but I would rather not say at this stage.

"There is a race in about a moth's time, but it's not at York. I would say the Juddmonte International is unlikely at this stage.

"It is too far away to making any definite plans, so we'll see how things progress."