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Mukhadram's Ascot option

Mukhadram's connections are to give the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes serious consideration after the five-year-old gained a first Group One success in the Coral-Eclipse.

In the immediate aftermath of Saturday's triumph at Sandown, trainer William Haggas said he would love to give Mukhadram a try over a mile and a half in the Ascot midsummer highlight on July 26 if he can get the blessing of owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum.

The question will certainly be asked after Mukhadram took the 10-furlong contest by two lengths from last year's Irish Derby hero Trading Leather, with other top-notch performers like Kingston Hill, The Fugue and Night Of Thunder well beaten.

"I haven't had a proper chat with Sheikh Hamdan, but William is very keen to go to the King George. That's a very obvious target," said Sheikh Hamdan's racing manager, Angus Gold.

"William himself has always felt he wanted to give him a go at a mile and a half. I have no doubt he will stay a mile and a half.

"On his pedigree I'd be surprised if he doesn't stay. Whether he will be as effective as he is at a mile and a quarter is another matter.

"We'll just have to see how the horse comes out of it and then ask Sheikh Hamdan if he wants to go up to a mile and a half or if he wants to keep him for the Juddmonte International (at York next month) and other top mile and a quarter races.

"He's an older horse that's had a few niggly problems and you have to run them when they are in good shape and going forward. At the moment he's in a good place and will have got some confidence now.

"He's a horse that gives everything every time and only ever goes down fighting. If he's in good form leading up to the King George, it's going to be a huge temptation.

"It's a fabulous race to win. Let's see what shape it looks like taking, see who's going to turn up and talk to Sheikh Hamdan.

"This horse seems to like going right-handed and has run his best races at Sandown and Ascot. He nearly nicked a Prince of Wales's there last year.

"The King George is certainly under consideration."