Challenge option for Colori

Highland Colori has earned the chance of Group Two success following his victory in the Ayr Gold Cup.

Challenge option for Colori
By Sporting Life Report

Highland Colori

The five-year-old could take up his entry in the Dubai Challenge Stakes over seven furlongs at Newmarket on October 12 after he showed his love of soft ground once more by taking one of the toughest sprint handicaps in the calendar on Saturday.

“He loved the ground and a lot of his runs this season had been on ground which was quicker than ideal for him so he found a bit of improvement on the slower ground and Oisin (Murphy) gave him a lovely ride,” trainer Andrew Balding told At The Races.

“You never really know about the draw but we were early out and we were keen to be high rather than low, but it looked the trend all week and being high was a big advantage.

“We had him in the Listed race at Newbury (the Dubai Duty Free Cup) in case we wanted to take that option on Friday and I put him in the Challenge Stakes at Newmarket as he loves it there.

“He’s won over a mile and he’s obviously effective over six and seven furlongs as well and we’ll probably try him again over a mile at some stage. He might take his chance in the Challenge Stakes. It’s good prize money and he’s a horse that comes good in the autumn.”

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