Aktabantay aiming high
Last Updated: 03/07/14 4:14pm
Aktabantay will be given plenty of options at Pattern level following his novice stakes victory at Newcastle.Trainer Hugo Palmer will look at the decent races for two-year-olds for the rest of the season over six and in particular seven furlongs.
The first possible target is the 666bet Superlative Stakes at Newmarket's July meeting on Saturday week.
The Oasis Dream colt could wait for the Listed Titanic Belfast Winkfield Stakes at Ascot on July 26 or be given more time and be aimed at the Solario Stakes at Sandown on August 30.
Major races for juveniles in the autumn could then await Aktabantay, who confirmed the promise of his first two starts with a comfortable success at Gosforth Park last week.
"He's come out of the race very well. It's not impossible he'll be entered in the Superlative Stakes at the July meeting, but I fear that may come too quick for him," said Palmer.
"The Winkfield Stakes, the race that Toronado won in 2012, is very much on his agenda, but we could just give him a bit of a break and wait for the Solario at Sandown.
"He's got a Gimcrack entry as well. He will get a Champagne entry and he will get a Dewhurst entry and we will let the horse guide us where we go.
"All options from Listed upwards will be open to him."