Connections of Sans Frontieres are hoping the son of Galileo will be showing his old sparkle in time for the Princess of Wales’s sportingbet.com Stakes at Newmarket on July 7.
Patience has been the word as the five-year-old entire, trained by Jeremy Noseda, has not graced a racecourse since completing a hat-trick of victories when triumphing in the Irish St Leger in September.
His winning streak last year began in the Newmarket Group Two and he would be attempting to emulate Millenary, who won the race two years running in 2002 and 2003.
It had been hoped Sans Frontieres might make his seasonal debut in the Hardwicke Stakes, in which he was fourth last year, but it was felt the horse needed more time.
“We decided to miss Ascot as he wasn’t working as well as we would have liked,” said Barry Simpson, racing manager to owner Sir Robert Ogden.
“It looked a pretty good Hardwicke anyway and having to concede weight for his Group One penalty meant it would have been a stiff task for his first performance of the season.
“He’ll go to Newmarket and we just hope he’s in good form by then.”