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Kool team wait on Ascot call

Connections of Kool Kompany have yet to decide whether to target the unbeaten colt at next week's Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The other option for connections is to keep their powder dry for a second trip to Ireland later this month.

Following impressive displays at Leicester and Windsor, the Richard Hannon-trained juvenile completed his hat-trick with a determined display in the Listed Rochestown Stakes at Naas at the start of the month.

The youngster is a best priced 10-1 for the Coventry, with Aidan O'Brien's The Great War a hot favourite, but Kool Kompany could yet sidestep the race in favour of a tilt at the GAIN Railway Stakes at the Curragh on June 28.

Tim Palin, racing manager for owners Middleham Park Racing, said: "His form stacks up and we haven't made a final decision on whether he'll go for the Coventry or wait for the Railway Stakes at the Curragh.

"If it's a 50-50 call, he'll go to Ascot, as there is only one Coventry, but other factors might come into consideration.

"He handles fast ground no problem, but being by Jeremy, he probably prefers a bit of cut in the ground and that would suit him better than a horse like The Great War, for example.

"If the ground were on the softer side of good next week, we may well end up going to Ascot, but we'll just have to wait and see."

Whether Kool Kompany makes the trip to Berkshire or not, Middleham Park look set to be well represented at the summer showpiece meeting.

Syndicate star Toormore is bound for the St James's Palace Stakes, while plenty of others are pencilled in to run.

Palin said: "Elusive Epona, who won at Musselburgh on her debut, is actually in the Goffs London Sale on Monday, so we'll have to see what happens, but I think she'll be running in the Queen Mary, whether it's in our colours or someone else's.

"Laffan is probably going to run in the Buckingham Palace Stakes and Red Refraction could run in that race as well if he gets in.

"Annunciation will go for the Wokingham and at around 25-1 I think he's a bit over-priced. He's an improving four-year-old, he's a course winner having won at the Shergar Cup last year and he's a lively outsider."