Gosden confirms Ascot plan for King Of Comedy
Trainer John Gosden has confirmed that the long-term plan for King Of Comedy will be a run in October's Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot.
The Lady Bamford-owned three-year-old was a winner on his opening two starts of the season but has not been seen since finishing second to Circus Maximus in the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.
Gosden revealed after that race that he intended to return King Of Comedy to Ascot for the Champion Stakes and he has now reiterated that plan, as both course and distance will be right up the colt's street.
"I said after the St James's Palace Stakes that the Champion Stakes would be an obvious target. I think it will be right up his alley," Gosden confirmed. "We've freshened him up and given him a break since Ascot. He was on the go fairly early in the spring.
"I think in the end his best trip is going to be a mile and a quarter and he likes Ascot. He'll be suited by the trip and the track."
The 68-year-old also confessed thst he plans to run King Of Comedy in the Juddmonte International at York later this month as well as the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown as part of his preparations for his return to Ascot.
"He's going to run in the Juddmonte International and he wouldn't necessarily go straight to Ascot as he's been entered in the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes as well," Gosden added. "He's going the right way and we've always thought enough of him."
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