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Rajik doubtful for Newbury

Charlie Swan is not planning to take up an entry in the CGA Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury on Saturday with Rajik.

The versatile five-year-old won in gutsy fashion at the Galway Festival last time out but the former jockey looks set to swerve this weekend's contest, with a stint back over timber a possibility.

"I would say he probably won't run. He has come out of it well and I was just hoping it wouldn't be as hot, so we will probably give it a miss," said Swan.

"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 a 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. We would probably give him another go at that."

Johnny Murtagh will be on board as Sans Frontieres bids to continue his recent resurgence in the Newbury contest.

The four-year-old finished a fine fourth behind Harbinger in the Hardwicke Stakes and that was followed by an impressive Newmarket success.

"Sans Frontieres heads for the Geoffrey Freer. I have been happy with him since Newmarket and this has been the objective since then," the trainer told his website, www.jeremynoseda.com.

"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."

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