The Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes is the likely next objective for Marco Botti’s globetrotting filly Euro Charline.
The four-year-old could only manage fourth place when trying to defend her crown in the Beverly D Stakes at Arlington in Chicago, with underfoot conditions and the way the race was run considered viable excuses for the slightly below-par effort.
Botti is keen to head to Leopardstown on September 12, providing the ground is on the quick side.
He said: ” I’m really pleased with the way she came home as she had quite a tough race on soft ground.
“The ground went against her and the race did not pan out well either, as she made the running and set good fractions.
“I think she could definitely have finished closer if things had gone her way on the day.
“Now we are considering the Matron Stakes in Ireland, as long as the ground is to her liking.”
Euro Charline could be joined on the trip across the Irish Sea by stable companion Tac De Boistron.
The eight-year-old grey was a late defector from the Lonsdale Cup at York, with the Irish St Leger at the Curragh now an option.
“I just felt the ground at York was not soft enough for him, so we decided to take him out,” said Botti.
“He’s an eight-year-old now and has had niggling problems – he will have to retire one day.
“We will give him some fast work this week and see how he goes, but at the moment we are hoping to go for the Irish Leger, but that will also depend on the ground.”
Botti stressed time may be against the unbeaten Dhahmaan running in the Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury.
He said: “Unfortunately Dhahmaan met a little bit of a setback after winning at Chelmsford City. It was nothing serious, but he missed two or three weeks of exercise and fast work.
“These types of races (Mill Reef) close early so we gave him an entry in it a while ago. Whether he makes it is difficult to know, and I would not be in a position to say that’s the plan.
“He is back in full work, but we are just trying to get a bit more work into him now.
“He has run twice and he won well at Chelmsford on his second start in a good time. He is progressive, but he definitely wants cut in the ground.
“We will hopefully find out later in the season how high he can go. If you look at the form of his first win (at Nottingham), he beat Ajaya, who has been second in the Papin and won the Gimcrack.
“The form is good so we have to treat him as a nice horse.”