Mahsoob possible for Deauville date

Mahsoob could head to France for his next outing with the Prix Gontaut-Biron at Deauville identified as a potential target.

Mahsoob possible for Deauville date

Connections are considering dropping the John Gosden-trained colt back in both distance and class next weekend for a tilt at the 10-furlong Group Three contest.

The son of Dansili met with the first defeat of his career when appearing to fail to see out the mile-and-a-half trip in the Princess of Wales’s Stakes at Newmarket, having previously run up a sequence of four straight victories which included victory in the Wolferton Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Angus Gold, racing manager to owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, said: “Mahsoob would have run in the Rose Of Lancaster if Intilaaq had not run.

“I spoke to John Gosden in the week and he was very happy with the horse. He certainly didn’t stay the trip in the Princess of Wales’s Stakes. Whether that was the only reason for his run that day, I don’t know.

“He is entered in the Prix Gontaut-Biron over a mile and a quarter and there is a chance he could go for that.”

While Mahsoob could be seen out before the end of the month, Gold has warned last season’s Superlative and Champagne Stakes winner Estidhkaar will not be reappearing until there is sufficient ease in the ground with the Prix Jacques le Marois his main target.

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