James Tate is mulling a number of international options for his imposing and improving three year-old Far Above.
The Farhh colt won a Listed race at Deauville over six furlongs on Sunday but Tate is contemplating dropping him to the minimum distance next time out.
“He’ll drop down to five and we’ll look at Group races for him, but it’s not that obvious – the Nunthorpe would be flying too high at this stage of his career I think,” said Tate. “The obvious route would be the Prix du Petit Couvert at the beginning of September – which is used as a trial for the Abbaye, and we would probably use it as that.
“Alternatively there’s the Flying Five at a similar time at the Curragh, and a Group Three at Newbury around that time, too. I’d say we’ll give him a little break and prepare him for one of those and see where we go.”
He added: “We do think he’s a top sprinter in the making – the only question is whether that is later this year or next year, because he still does a little bit wrong. He’s very fast and getting faster with every run.
“Looking at his pedigree, we started him over seven – there aren’t any top sprinters I can think of by Farhh – but we might have one. I don’t know if you’ll ever see him at six again, let alone seven.”
Meanwhile Tate has news of Hey Gaman:
“He’s being trained for the Minstrel Stakes on July 20th at the Curragh, and 10 days after that is the Lennox at Goodwood,” said Tate. “We’ll train him for the first one and make a decision which one to go for nearer the time.”