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Woodcote option for Madness

The Woodcote Stakes at Epsom on Derby day is a potential target for David Brown's exciting Royal Ascot contender Mind Of Madness.

The Azamour colt created a huge impression when making a winning debut at Newmarket's Craven meeting in mid-April and Brown had been aiming towards tonight's National Stakes at Sandown.

However, the Nottinghamshire-based trainer decided against a trip to Esher on account of the testing conditions and he could now be rerouted to Epsom on Saturday week.

Brown said: "I just don't think he would want heavy ground. He's a horse with so much speed. To run him in testing conditions would be counter productive.

"Hopefully we'll get a run into him somewhere between now and Royal Ascot, but if we don't, I wouldn't be overly worried.

"He has an entry at Yarmouth over six furlongs next week and another option would be the Woodcote at Epsom, so we'll see.

"Everything is fine with the horse and I would imagine it will either be the Norfolk or the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.

"I think six furlongs will probably suit him, but at the same time he's not slow at five, so we'll see which way we go."

Mind Of Madness might not be Brown's only Royal Ascot runner, with Monday's Redcar winner Prince Bonnaire also pencilled in for the showpiece meeting.

"Prince Bonnaire is a nice horse and he could possibly go for the Windsor Castle," said the trainer.

"I thought he'd win first time out at Doncaster, but he was a bit green. He stepped up to win quite impressively the other day and I think he could step up again."