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  • 14:45 Worthington's Champion Shield Stakes 1m 4f 5y

  • (Registered As The St Simon Stakes) (Group 3) £50,000 added 3yo+ 7 ran
  • Winner £28,355 2nd £10,750 3rd £5,380 4th £2,680
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 31.75s
  • Off time: 14:48:33

Barbican ready for St Simon

Progressive gelding set for Newbury task

Last Updated: 21/10/11 4:57pm

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Barbican: Set for Newbury

Barbican: Set for Newbury

Alan Bailey believes that Saturday's Worthington's Champion Shield Stakes at Newbury is the obvious next race for his stable star Barbican.

The progressive three-year-old has completed a hat-trick with two wins at Ascot and one at Newmarket, all against his contemporaries and ranging from a mile and a quarter to a mile and three-quarters.

He now takes on older horses and is upped in grade for the Group Three Worthington's Champion Shield Stakes (registered as the St Simon Stakes) at the Berkshire track.

"He's dropping back two furlongs in trip, but the horse is well in himself," said Newmarket-based Bailey.

"I'd have liked to have seen a bit of rain there, but I'd be hopeful rather than confident.

"It's a good race and it's the next logical step for him."

Theology makes his final racecourse appearance before going to the Horses in Training Sales next week.

His current owners, Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, are looking to the Jeremy Noseda-trained four-year-old to sign off for them with a bold show.

"He's in the sales next week so this is the last opportunity to run him prior to that," said Highclere's founder and managing director Harry Herbert.

"I wanted to run him over the shorter distance as I don't think he's short of speed and he's in very good form at the moment.

"He has plenty to make up on the ratings to be competitive to win it, but we think he track will suit him.

"He's in great shape at the moment. He's kicking and bucking and raring to go, so we wanted to give him one last run for the owners on our track in a race that hopefully, which if he runs to his best, we might see him in the first four.

"He goes on any ground and I think it's going to be quite quick for the time of year.

"We're hopeful he'll give a good account for everyone before next week when he should be one of the star lots."

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