Connections of Alkaadhem were today leaning towards running their progressive four-year-old in the 10-furlong Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot next Wednesday.
However, the Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned colt has also been left in Tuesday’s Queen Anne Stakes over a mile.
Whichever race he runs in, the son of Green Desert, unlucky in running in the Lincoln and Spring Cup before opening his account for the season in a Listed race at Goodwood, will be making a huge leap into Group One company.
But Tregoning is confident he will not be disgraced.
“It’s a big jump, but we really don’t know how good he is and my feeling is that he could easily be in the money,” the Lambourn trainer said.
“We haven’t decided for definite which race he will go for and it is up to Sheikh Hamdan to decide, but I am inclined to think it would be best to stick to a mile and a quarter rather than go back to a mile.”
Tregoning has a fascinating contender for the Hampton Court Stakes in Remaadd, who was hugely impressive when breaking his maiden and the trainer added: “He was very impressive in the Dickie Gaskell at Newbury and is a very nice horse.”
Outlining his other runners at the Royal meeting, Tregoning said: “I have pencilled in Sahool for the Ribblesdale, Mudawin for the King George V Handicap and High Accolade for the Hardwicke.”
However, he added: “I shall not have a two-year-old runner because Black Velvet is by Inchinor and I don’t think the ground would be right for him. My inclination is to aim him at a race at Glorious Goodwood.”