Kameko Could Head For Sussex


Andrew Balding | Racing Post

The next big aim for Kameko (Kitten's Joy) remains the G1 Juddmonte International on Aug. 19, but the G1 2000 Guineas winner could take in the G1 Sussex S. en route on July 29, trainer Andrew Balding revealed the day after the colt finished fourth as the post time favourite in the G1 Investec Derby.

“Obviously it was slightly disappointing, because we had huge expectations, but that's why it is such an important and special race–you only get one chance at it, and it is very difficult to win,” Balding said. “We've still got a Guineas winner who hopefully still has the rest of the season ahead of him and some really nice races–he certainly hasn't lost his ability overnight, that's for sure. The Juddmonte is top of the list, but whether we have a race before that we'll just see how he is. The Sussex S. is a possibility if we felt we needed a run on our way to York in between.”

Balding also trained longshot runner-up Khalifa Sat (Ire) (Free Eagle {Ire}) and he said of Ahmad Al Shaikh's colt, “The [G3] Gordon S. at Goodwood, having won there, is a possibility, the [G2] Great Voltigeur too–but they both had hard races yesterday, so it's probably a little early to say when they'll definitely run again.”

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