Gifted heading to Ascot

Speed Gifted is on course to bid for Pattern-race glory at Royal Ascot following a pleasing reappearance at Goodwood on Friday.

Trainer Luca Cumani is targeting the Group Two Hardwicke Stakes on June 21 after the lightly-raced four-year-old was just touched off in third place in a photo finish behind Peppertree Lane.

“He ran very well and with a bit more luck in running he would have won the race, but never mind he ran well first time out,” said Cumani.

“All being well he’ll go to Royal Ascot for the Hardwicke Stakes.”

The Goodwood contest was only Speed Gifted’s fourth race and his first since he beat Celestial Halo in the Melrose Handicap at York in August.

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