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Kite flying high

Hughie Morrison is aiming Chil The Kite at the Royal Hunt Cup after his easy win at Newbury on Saturday.

The five-year-old cut no ice in Dubai earlier in the year and then disappointed behind Robin Hoods Bay in the Winter Derby.

However, back on a straight track and given a strong pace off which to run, a motionless George Baker sluiced through the field to win going away.

He has since been raised to a career-high mark of 109 and will now be aimed towards Royal Ascot.

"He was gelded in the autumn and I think it knocks an older horse when you do that, so that could be why he ran as he did in Dubai." said Morrison.

"He was always healthy while he was out there and it probably did him some good, but the grass was always too firm for him out there.

"If I'm happy with him, we'll have a crack at the Royal Hunt Cup.

"He's gone up 5lb, but he showed plenty of speed.

"We were going to run him over seven furlongs in Dubai, but the mile races looked easier."

Chil The Kite's half-brother, Pastoral Player, has the Buckingham Palace in his sights after running a fine race on his comeback in the Victoria Cup at Ascot to finish sixth.

"I was very pleased with him, he had a real blow at the furlong pole and then ran on again," said Berkshire-based Morrison.

"He'll go for the Buckingham Palace and then all the big seven-furlong and mile handicaps, just like his brother.

"I just hope it's not too firm for him. He's in really good form and is a fun horse."