King George In The Cards For Sunway

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Group 1 winner Sunway (Fr) (Galiway {GB}) is pointing for the G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot at the end of the month, according to trainer David Menuisier.

A winner of the G1 Criterium International in his final start at two for Guy Pariente, Thomas Lines and Qatar Racing, the full-brother to Group 1 winner and young sire Sealiway (Fr) ran second in the G3 Prix Greffulhe at second asking at three. Seventh in the G1 Prix du Jockey Club, he rebounded to take second, by just three-quarters of a length, in the G1 Irish Derby at the Curragh on June 30.

“He's absolutely grand, it seems like he didn't have a hard race and fingers crossed we can run him in the King George,” said Menuisier. “That would be the race to run him in if we could. He was unlucky in the Prix du Jockey Club but he had definitely come on for his previous races and I think he had definitely come on for his last run. I don't know whether he was a bit rusty or whatever.

“The horse is so talented that he doesn't do much at home, so sometimes he needs a bit of a reminder that he's in competition–he just needed a couple of races to put him back in the mood.

“He doesn't need cheekpieces, I run him in a sheepskin noseband and that seems to do the trick, I don't think he needs any more than that.”

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