Saturday Newbury Date for Sans Frontieres

Sans Frontieres will attempt to keep going with his good form of late when he runs at Newbury on Saturday in the CGA Geoffrey Freer Stakes, with trainer Jeremy Noseda booking Johnny Murtagh for the events this weekend.

Sans Frontieres

Sans Frontieres

Seeming bound for glory after his tight third place at York in the 2009 Dante Stakes, the four-year-old was put off the track due to a subsequent injury for the better part of a year.

On his return, his first few outings this season were disappointing, but he redeemed himself with a good run to place fourth in the Hardwicke Stakes behind Harbinger, continuing the trend with an imposing victory at Newmarket.

"Sans Frontieres heads for the Geoffrey Freer and Johnny Murtagh rides," the trainer told his website.

"I have been happy with him since Newmarket and this has been the objective since then.

"The 4lb penalty he has to carry makes things trickier for him but he is well and the trip should be within his range.

"My only query at the moment is the ground as he likes good fast ground and the weather is very unsettled."

Rajik's involvement in the Group Three event is in question according to Charlie Swan.

The skilled five-year-old of Swan's had a determined victory at the Galway Festival in his last start, but he appears ready to dodge the Newbury competition with a possible returning stretch over timber.

"I would say that he probably won't run." said Swan

"He has come out of it well and I was just hoping that it wouldn't be as hot so we will probably give it a miss.

"He could go to the Curragh in a week for a Listed race over a mile-and-six.

"I always thought he would get any trip and he stays well so anywhere from a mile and half upwards would suit.

"He probably prefers good ground but he seems to go on soft and firm, he's a great little horse.

"If I don't run him in the Listed race then I could go hurdling with him as he is very well handicapped so we would probably give him another go at that."

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