Superlative option for Fort Bastion

Fort Bastion may try to open his account in the 32Red Superlative Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday after having to settle for second place in both his starts so far.

Superlative option for Fort Bastion

Fort Bastion may try to open his account in the 32Red Superlative Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday after having to settle for second place in both his starts so far.

The Richard Hannon-trained colt could take his chance in the Group Two race at Headquarters after finishing the clear runner-up behind Aidan O’Brien’s Maybe in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot.

That fine effort in the Listed contest showed the two-year-old stayed seven furlongs well, and he had only found the well-regarded Mezmaar too good over six furlongs on his debut at Haydock.

“He’s come out of the race at Ascot in good form and we’ll look at one or two options for him,” said Barry Simpson, racing manager to owner Sir Robert Ogden.

“He’ll be entered at Newmarket for the Superlative Stakes. It’s a big step up, but it’s a possible.

“It depends what’s in the race, but if we feel he’s not quite up to that kind of company at the moment we’ll look maybe at a maiden somewhere.

“We were very pleased with his performance in the Chesham. He was beaten by an exceptionally good filly. That was the quality of the race.”

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