Charlie Fellowes is hoping a drop back in trip will help King Ottokar regain the winning thread in the Tattersalls Sovereign Stakes (15.50) at Salisbury this afternoon.

The Motivator colt began this term with a fine success in a Newbury conditions event over 1m2f, counting Royal Ascot winner Dashing Willoughby amongst a number of subsequent winners that finished behind him.

King Ottokar was well-backed in the Chester Vase in May and appeared set for a major challenge before seemingly failing to see the trip out.

Since then, he has run a fine third in the Hampton Court at Royal Ascot, where things conspired against him on the day.

Fellowes has opted for a drop in distance at Salisbury, where King Ottokar is 5/2 with Betfred to land the Group 3 Tattersalls Sovereign Stakes.

Stevie Donohoe’s mount will be suited by the prevailing soft ground and should mount a bold to enhance Fellowes’ excellent 29 per-cent strike-rate at the track.

“He had a lovely run at Royal Ascot. We felt that day, potentially, he didn’t quite get home,” said Fellowes.

“He was drawn wide and had to challenge wide, so he did well to finish third. We are dropping back to a mile off the back of that run which I hope will be okay.

“Ideally we want plenty of rain as it needs to be a bit of a stamina test. He’s been working very well at home and fingers crossed for a good run.”

Last year’s Queen Anne winner Accidental Agent drops in class and is 11/2 for trainer Eve Johnston-Houghton in his quest to regain the winning thread, while 11/4 chance Flashcard represents Andrew Balding and looks a key player as a dual course winner.

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