Shaman

Exciting French colt Shaman is heading to the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot and a clash with the cream of the British and Irish three year old miling colts.

Victory in the Prix la Force, gave the Shamardal colt a hat-trick of successes, but he was no match for Persian King in the French 2,000 Guineas, when second.

Connections are keen to take on the likes of Irish 2,000 Guineas one-two Phoenix Of Spain and Too Darn Hot.

Pierre-Yves Bureau, racing manager to Shaman’s owners the Wertheimers, said: “The plan is to run and Carlos (Laffon-Parias, trainer) is very happy with the horse.

“We think he’s a very good horse with a lot of experience, which is important when you are going to Ascot.

“All races at Group One level are top-class, especially at Royal Ascot. We don’t know for sure what other horses will be in the race, but our horse has the experience and the quality and we have big hopes he can run a very nice race.

“He has shown he handles an easy track and some other horses will not, so it would not be a worry if the ground was soft.

“But at the same time, I don’t think better ground would be a problem for him either. I think he can handle all types of ground.”