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King George Won’t Return to Ascot

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Nagano Gold is unlikely to come back to Ascot for King George after being closely beaten at the Royal meeting the previous week.

Vaclav Luka Jr, the Czech Republic saddler, trained and owned the horse which was not considered for the 25-1 shot because of Saturday’s Hardwicke Stakes; however, it happened within half a length that already caused a disruption under Christophe Soumillon.

The outcome will be way better if only Nagano Gold was not badly hampered as it stumbled Masar shortly and left the starting stalls during the game while the horse was carried broader through the same opponent too early for the home straight.

After the recent immediate result of its close defeat to Defoe, there was news saying there was a high chance of a return to Berkshire circuit for King George come July 27 but the £80,000 supplementary fee would be one of the reasons which made the choice improbable.

On an interview, the racing manager of Vaclav Luka Jnr’s, Thomas Janada commented that the horse arrived home safely and everything was fine.

They were very happy that the horse had the potential to show his class which is something that they hoped for. They knew the style of racing in England would be appropriate for the bet than any other races in France.

“The main thing is the horse is sound, and hopefully he can confirm his class in future races.”

Janada was asked whether King George stayed to be a potential next port of call and reiterated that there has been no final decision where the bet will run next, but there are many options and things to consider – such as the jockey, transport, and opposition.

The horse became an entry to Group One in Berlin and that he will be part of the race at Deauville, but they can claim that King George is unlikely to be one. After all, it is still four weeks away, and there would be an expected supplementary fee.

They have considered Prix de l’Arc Triomphe as a feasible autumn target but they are also looking at alternatives abroad.

They have the Arc to consider, and later in the year, there will be Hong Kong, Australia, and Japan Cup. Janada also added that if he was heading to the Melbourne Cup, he wouldn’t run in the Arc for sure.

There has been a ton of interest in selling the horse as a syndicate of three people owned him and they said that they are not going to sell 100 percent of it, but only a share.

“If part of him is sold then that could change plans as well, of course – so we’ll see what happens.”

Source: https://www.attheraces.com/news/2019/June/26/king-george-unlikely-for-nagano-gold

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