Dante Stakes an option for Ektihaam

Ektihaam could be aimed at the Betfred Dante Stakes at York next month after making a successful seasonal debut at Newbury.

Ektihaam could be aimed at the Betfred Dante Stakes at York next month after making a successful seasonal debut at Newbury.

Trainer Roger Varian is looking at the major 10-furlong Classic trials for the son of Invincible Spirit after he powered home by five lengths from Wrotham Heath at the Berkshire track on Friday.

“He came out of it great. He had a canter this morning and I’m very pleased with him,” he said.

“I’ve got to sit down with Angus (Gold, racing manager) and Sheikh Hamdan (owner).

“He’s in the Dante and the York track could suit him. I can’t say he’ll definitely go there, but it’s an option and time-wise it fits in well.

“I think he’s earned the right to turn up in a 10-furlong trial somewhere. I guess it’s which trial we pick.”

Varian also has a classy three-year-old filly owned by Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum in Firdaws.

Connections have yet to decide whether to take up her entry in the Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 6 or step her up to a mile and a quarter.

The daughter of Mr Greeley ended her two-year-old days with a good third to Lyric Of Light in the Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket in September.

“She worked on Saturday and will work again next weekend, but I have to speak to Sheikh Hamdan about running her in the 1000 Guineas yet,” Varian went on.

“She has a few options and if she wasn’t running in the Guineas I think she’d start off over 10 furlongs in a trial somewhere.”

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