Harcourt aim for Norse King

Jeff Smith's latest bright prospect Norse King is set to take his latest step up the ladder in next month's Prix d'Harcourt at Longchamp.

The owner's purple silks, made famous by the likes of Persian Punch and Lochsong in the past, were carried to victory in the opening Pattern race of the European Flat season, Saturday's Prix Exbury at Saint-Cloud.

A son of Smith's Norse Dancer who is trained in France by Myriam Bollack-Badel, Norse King rounded off his last campaign with victory in another Group Two, the Prix du Conseil de Paris.

Smith's racing manager, David Bowe, said: "I've spoken to Myriam and she would like him to go for the Prix d'Harcourt on April 6.

"At the moment, he'll stay in France and opportunities will unfold one step at a time. He is a very nice horse who seems to be versatile and progressing.

"He has won over a mile and a quarter, a mile and a half and a mile and six and although the ground was officially soft at Saint-Cloud, Myriam said it was a bit better than soft, which gives us options."