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Pastorius team plan 2013 path

Mario Hofer's looking forward to seeing Pastorius compete for major honours next season after an excellent effort in the Qipco Champion Stakes.

The colt has enjoyed an superb year in his homeland, winning the German Derby at Hamburg before running away with a 10-furlong Group One in Munich by eight lengths.

He then ran a close third to illustrious compatriot Danedream in the Grosser Preis Von Baden and won a minor race at Hoppegarten before finishing fourth behind the world's greatest racehorse on Champions Day at Ascot.

With Frankel now retired to stud, there are reasons for Hofer to believe his charge can be a real force at the highest level next term.

Hofer said: "Everything has been fine with him since Ascot. He is having a break now but we look forward to seeing him race as a four-year-old. He will stay in training.

"He has had a very good season. He won the (German) Derby and another Group One in Munich.

"It was not easy for him at Ascot as he was running against a horse like Frankel after a hard year, but he ran a good race and we were very happy with him."

While Hofer has not made any definite plans for his stable star, there is every chance he could compete on British soil again, with the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes back at Ascot in July nominated as a possible target.

"I don't know where he will start next season. We will see how he comes through the winter and then make a plan," said the trainer.

"He could come back to England, of course. Perhaps for something like the King George, but we will see.

"I think he can improve next year as a four-year-old and we look forward to running in more Group One races."