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Stepper set for trip drop

Stepper Point will revert to five furlongs for his next race after appearing not to get home when fifth at Lingfield last Friday.

William Muir's five-year-old was an easy winner at the course over five furlongs on his penultimate outing but lost three places close home over a furlong further in the richly-endowed All Weather Sprint Championships Conditions Stakes.

He will either run in the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket's Guineas meeting or head to France for the Prix de Saint-Georges.

"We probably felt he just didn't stay," said Muir.

"Martin tried to restrain him with the extra distance in mind, but he wanted to go faster and in the end it probably worked against him.

"He's owned by a sportsman, we lost nothing in defeat, in fact we picked up a bit of prize money, and while we may have another go at six in the future, we'll go back to five for now.

"It will either be the Palace House or the Prix de Saint-Georges at Longchamp which gives him a week longer to recover.

"He's come out of it fine and he takes his racing well now he's been gelded.

"We quite enjoy going to France, we've been a few times with him, and we might go to Chantilly or Derby day for the race he was second in as a three-year-old (Prix du Gros Chene).

"He'll take us to all the big meetings and one day it will all drop right for him, I'm convinced there's a big one in him."