King Ottokar winning at Newbury
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Charlie Fellowes will drop his one-time Derby hope King Ottokar in trip when he contests the Hampton Court Stakes at Royal Ascot next week.

The colt made a big impression when landing a conditions race at Newbury in April, but struggled in the Chester Vase.

The Newmarket handler said: “King Ottokar is being trained for the Hampton Court Stakes at Royal Ascot. I’m delighted to see this rain arrive, and we would like to see as much as possible.

“He seems to be in great form and he has been training well and is very much on track for the race. The only thing we don’t want is really quick ground.

“I think a mile and a quarter is what he wants for now – although I think he will get a mile and a half in time, ridden with more patience.

“He has got lots of speed, because his mother (Treasure) was a five-furlong Listed winner – so he is quick, and not slow.”

Meanwhile, Fellowes has longer-term plans for his Melbourne Cup third, Prince Of Arran, who is being trainer for the £1 million Sky Bet Ebor at York in August.

Fellowes added: “Prince Of Arran is in great form and he began cantering back two weeks ago.

“We are bringing him along slowly, with the Ebor in mind, but he seems to be in good shape.”