Several options around the world are now open to Smoking Sun
Last Updated: 22/05/14 12:29pm
Several options around the world are now open to Smoking Sun after his terrific effort in defeat when second in the Singapore Airlines International Cup on Sunday.
Trained by Pascal Bary in France, the five-year-old beat all bar Dan Excel, formerly trained in Ireland by Kevin Prendergast as Dunboyne Express, in the hugely valuable contest at Kranji.
Smoking Sun was a Group Two winner at Longchamp in April, but his liking for a decent surface is likely to see him on his travels again, with a trip to Leopardstown possibly on the agenda.
Alan Cooper, racing manager for Smoking Sun's owners the Niarchos family, said: "He ran a great race, it was probably a career-best.
"He showed a tremendous turn of foot in the straight, it was only a short straight but once he got balanced he really quickened.
"The sums on offer out there are tremendous, he won as much for finishing second as you would for winning most Group Ones in Europe.
"He's always had a preference for good ground and Stephane (Pasquier) felt he would have finished closer to Cirrus Des Aigles and Treve in the Ganay on better ground.
"The drainage at Kranji was amazing, there was a real deluge on the morning of the race but it was still genuinely good ground.
"We had some initial discussions about his next targets on the way home, they include the Arlington Million, the Irish Champion Stakes and eventually the Hong Kong races in December.
"We have plenty to consider."