Trainer Owen Burrows is aiming to get Tabdeed to Ascot for the Qipco British Champions Sprint in October.
The Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned colt by Havana Gold suffered his only career defeat in five runs when he lined up in last year’s Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot, the stiff seven-furlongs on quick ground seemingly his undoing on that occasion.
He had his first start in almost 10 months when landing a conditions race at Doncaster on Saturday and has won all four starts over the six-furlong trip.
Returning to the Berkshire track for the October showpiece is the key end of season goal for Burrows, who is looking for one more run in between now and Champions Day.
The Newmarket handler admits his preference will be for softer going conditions, wherever Tabdeed goes from now on.
“Tabdeed has been ready to go for probably the last month, but I didn’t want to risk him on fast ground, as he has been a bit fragile and I’m mindful of that,” said Burrows.
“He is going to have an entry in the Champions Sprint at Ascot and we will probably work back from there.
“If the ground came up good or softer then we could look at the Garrowby Stakes at York, but he runs well fresh and if we can’t run him at York we won’t risk him.
“There is the Bengough Stakes, but that is only two weeks before Champions Day and I had the boss (Sheikh Hamdan) down on Sunday and he said that is too close to risk him.”
One race seemingly not on the agenda for Tabdeed is next month’s Sprint Cup at Haydock, a Group 1 event for which July Cup scored Ten Sovereigns is market leader at 7/4 with Betfred.