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Chatez team hoping for rain

Alan King is hoping for a "wet June" to allow Saturday's impressive Haydock winner Chatez to line up in the Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The Dandy Man gelding made an impressive three-year-old debut at Epsom in April, but let favourite backers down when narrowly beaten at Haydock earlier this month.

However, he rewarded those who kept the faith on his return to Merseyside for last weekend's Silver Bowl and King believes he has a realistic Ascot contender on his hands if conditions in Berkshire are in his favour.

He told www.alankingracing.co.uk, the trainer said: "It looked like it might dry up too much for Chatez, but the rain returned in time, and by the time his race came up it was riding soft again.

"Chatez has done us proud this season and Fergus (Sweeney) blames himself for getting narrowly beaten at Haydock last time, being adamant that he got there too soon.

"However, I thought he rode a lovely race this time and, as he says, Chatez is a decent horse when he gets his ground.

"He won that off 91 and it was a career-best performance so he will go up again, but he would get in the Britannia Handicap at Royal Ascot, though we would need it to be a wet June."