David Simcock is contemplating whether to give Grade One winner Sheikhzayedroad another outing before sending him on his travels to America.
Plans have been drawn up for the seven-year-old, who holds an entry in next month’s Qatar Goodwood Cup, to contest either the American St Leger or the Sword Dancer Invitational Handicap later in the year.
Simcock’s charge turned in a most encouraging effort on his most recent outing, and first start of the year in Britain, when outrunning the expectations of many to finish third in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot on ground softer than ideal.
The trainer said: “He is a star and a real pleasure to train. He is a model of consistency and does everything right.
“He is going to take up an engagement in America in August in either the American St Leger or the Sword Dancer Stakes at Saratoga.
“It is whether we have a race before either of those or leave him fresh, as he is a horse that goes well fresh.”
While a number of potential future engagements have been earmarked for Sheikhzayedroad, options are open for his stable companion Algometer, who was last seen finishing seventh in the Investec Derby at Epsom.
“Algometer had a quiet fortnight after the Derby. He came out the race great and we are just starting to build him back up,” said Simcock.
“I wouldn’t say he didn’t handle Epsom, he just didn’t quite have that acceleration when a few went past him three out.
“He handles a bit of cut in the ground and he certainly won’t be racing on fast ground. I am looking forward to a good second half of the season with him.”