Muk handed Champion aim
Mukhadram has been ruled out of a trip to York later this month with connections targeting the QIPCO Champion Stakes at Ascot.
The four-year-old has been mixing it with the best this season, stepping up from a Sandown Group Three win to claim second in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot before finishing a luckless third in the Eclipse.
Trainer William Haggas dropped back to Group Two company for the York Stakes last time and Mukhadram was made to work hard in holding off Grandeur by three-quarters of a length.
While he is entered in the Juddmonte International back on the Knavesmire on August 21, Haggas has confirmed he will not run there with the October 19 feature at Ascot his ultimate aim.
"He won't run at York. He was sore after his run in the Group Two and he has had a few hard races now," said Haggas.
"We'll make a plan culminating in the Champion Stakes with probably a run before then.
"Sheikh Hamdan (Al Maktoum, owner) asked me if he could run in Dubai, so we won't kill him this year."