Top Offer for Heron

Top Offer for Heron
Top Offer for Heron
Sky Sports Racing News

Roger Charlton has signalled that Top Offer is an intended runner in the Betfair Heron Stakes at Sandown on Thursday.

The Beckhampton handler has made no secret of the high regard in which he holds the three-year-old and he was one of the most impressive juvenile maiden winners of 2011 when he bolted up at Newbury last August.

The early-season wet weather meant Charlton was unable to get a trial run into his Khalid Abdullah-owned colt before the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket and he failed to make much impact in the Classic, finishing 16th of the 18 runners.

The trainer believes his charge will be much better on the surface he will encounter on Thursday evening, although the Listed contest will be no walk in the park with some talented opponents pencilled in to run.

“He is an intended runner at this stage and I’ve been pleased with him at home,” said Charlton.

Definite Requirement

“Fast ground is a definite requirement for him, so hopefully he’ll get that. If it happened to end up like the ground at Newmarket, he definitely wouldn’t run.

“I’m happy with how he has been working and it looks as though plenty of nice horses will turn up on Thursday, so it should be a good test.”

Charlton has yet to finalise any plans for Abdullah’s Dubai Duty Free winner Cityscape, who failed to fire in the Champions Mile in Hong Kong earlier this month.

The six-year-old does hold an entry in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot, but as that is the target of the world’s highest rated racehorse Frankel, who also carries Abdullah’s colours, he is unlikely to take up that engagement.

“There aren’t any definite plans for him yet. He’s just enjoying a bit of sunshine,” said the trainer.

“He won’t run in the Queen Anne against Frankel, but I have left him in in case something changes with their plans. Then it could be a possibility for Cityscape.”

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