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Swan outlines Rajik worry

Charlie Swan fears Rajik may just need the run in the totepool Sagaro Stakes at Ascot.

The six-year-old improved out of all recognition last season, winning valuable events at Galway twice and at the Curragh, and signed off with a thoroughly creditable effort in the Irish St Leger, in which he finished fourth to Sans Frontieres.

"This looks a nice race to start him off in but he's never won first time out before. I've got him as fit as I can, but he often takes a run to get warmed up," said Swan.

"He really improved last year. He was fourth in the Irish Leger, but the ground was on the soft side for him that day so there is no danger on that score this time.

"He stays really well, I think the trip will suit him and this is a stepping stone to the Ascot Gold Cup. I'm just hoping he's sharp enough. There aren't that many more suitable races before the Gold Cup. There's one at Leopardstown, but he might go straight there if he ran really well."

Marcus Tregoning has no fitness worries for Askar Tau after his pleasing reappearance at Nottingham when third to The Betchworth Kid and Free Agent.

The Lambourn handler said: "He just hit the front too soon and he doesn't really like that. George (Baker) is on him again and I think he will know him now. I think he's the right sort of jockey for this horse.

"That was his first run of the year and two miles will suit him better. He likes this faster ground. He's in the Chester Cup, but I think he's more likely to keep going the Cup route as long as it's working. If he wins this, he's in the Ascot Gold Cup and I think that is more likely."


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