The OLBG Park Stakes at Doncaster is a potential target for Ansgar
Last Updated: 24/07/14 12:30pm
The OLBG Park Stakes at Doncaster in September is a potential target for Ansgar following his impressive front-running victory at the Curragh last weekend.
The Sabrina Harty-trained six-year-old clinched a first success at Pattern level in the Group Three Minstrel Stakes, holding off Aidan O'Brien's hot favourite Darwin.
Ansgar is among 53 entries Doncaster's seven-furlong £100,000 Group Two, which takes place on Ladbrokes St Leger day on September 13.
Harty said: "The Park Stakes is an option for Ansgar. He is ground dependent and doesn't want it any worse than good to yielding, but if it's nice ground we would be looking to come over because there aren't many options.
"We were delighted with him at the weekend and he has come out of it well. He won with a bit in hand and I could not believe what price he was, even with Darwin in the race, because we beat him last year.
"We were a bit worried after because during the race Pat (Smullen) felt that he could still be feeling a splint that came up at Ascot, but he seems well.
"He is in the Desmond Stakes over a mile next month (August 14) and, although seven furlongs is his best trip, he will probably take his chance in that first because there isn't anything else for him."
Ansgar is among a nine-strong strong Irish entry in the Park Stakes, along with the likes of O'Brien's Verrazano, Tom Hogan's Gordon Lord Byron and last year's winner Viztoria, trained by Eddie Lynam.
Lynam said: "Viztoria is entered for the Park Stakes and it's a possibility. She's in great form - everything is fine with her - and we will see nearer the time."
A trio of winners from this year's Royal Ascot could also head to Town Moor, including the Dermot Weld-trained Mustajeeb, who captured the seven-furlong Group Three Jersey Stakes.
Muteela (Mark Johnston) landed the mile Listed Sandringham Handicap, while Field Of Dream (Jamie Osborne) was successful in the mile Royal Hunt Cup.
Other contenders include Lightning Thunder (Olly Stevens), Summer Mile winner Guest Of Honour (Marco Botti) and Garswood (Richard Fahey), who was third in the 2013 Group One Prix de la Foret.