Re going the Distance
Ile De Re is set to return to action in the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot on October 20 before going hurdling.
Trainer Donald McCain gave the six-year-old a well-deserved holiday after he completed a notable staying race double in the Chester Cup and Northumberland Plate.
Ile De Re is now back in work and pleasing McCain in his preparation for a busy spell.
"The aim is to have one more run on the Flat at that Ascot meeting in the stayers' race and then hopefully we'll be kicking on over hurdles after that. I'm looking forward to it," the Cholmondeley handler told At The Races.
"He seems very well handicapped on what he's done if he's the same horse over hurdles, so if we can sneak into one of those handicaps you'd have to be very hopeful.
"He was very tired after Newcastle. It was testing that day, so we gave him a good break. He's come back now and started fast work. He's grand and working well.
"Obviously it's not a handicap at Ascot. Whether it was just those two big soft-ground staying handicaps played right into his hands because he coped with conditions, we'll find out down there.
"The owners are keen to go and there's no reason not to and if nothing else, it will get him ready for (hurdling).
"He is very effective in those conditions so we'll see. I'd be lying if I said I haven't got my eye on an hurdling campaign."