Steady Pace set to be upped in class for July Stakes

Steady Pace is to be stepped up in class and trip for the six-furlong Arqana July Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday.

Steady Pace set to be upped in class for July Stakes

The son of Dark Angel has only run over five furlongs in three starts, the most recent of which saw him finish a close-up third in the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Trainer Saeed bin Suroor said: “I was pleased with how Steady Pace run at Ascot. He has been doing well at home.

“There is a Group Two race for him over six furlongs at Newmarket. The trip will be much better for him.”

There are no immediate plans for stablemate Always Smile, who lost her unbeaten status after she was beaten a nose in the Sandringham Handicap at Royal Ascot.

Bin Suroor said: “We gave Always Smile a little break after Ascot.

“She is now back in training but there are no plans for her.

“I would have preferred some rain for her at Ascot so we will look somewhere where the ground is good.”

Top Notch Tonto will try again over a mile and a quarter at York later this month after he claimed a confidence-boosting success on the Knavesmire in June.

Brian Ellison’s five-year-old, runner-up in the 2013 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot, made a welcome return to the winner’s enclosure when victorious in York’s Listed Ganton Stakes over a mile.

He will now return to the same track on July 25 for the Group Two Sky Bet York Stakes.

Owner Keith Brown said: “We were thrilled with him winning at York as it’s been quite a while.“We saw something that we’d not seen from him for a bit – a turn of foot.”

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