The sacred team is looking at the Maurice de Gheest Prix option Racing news

Sacred will probably take a step back in the distance after finishing fifth fifth close after returning to play at the Platinum Jubilee Stakes in Royal Ascot.

Seventh last season, 1,000 guineas over a mile, William Hagas-trained mare successfully returned to seven stages when he defeated the boys at Hungerford Steaks in Newbury in August.

Having been off the track ever since, Cheveley Park Stud Sacred was faced with a difficult task on its return to Saturday’s six stages of the show, but passed an excellent race to be only one length ahead of it in the full final.

While where the next one will go will depend on the conditions of the foot, Cheveley Park Managing Director Chris Richardson considers the Maurice de Geist Award in Deauville – Group 1, run over six and a half stages – as an appropriate goal.

He said: “It was a fantastic run – we got a pitch. It was unusual to have so many runners in the race, which obviously added a different aspect to the way the race fell apart.

“We were amazed at the way he ran. I think seven stages is probably her best trip, but I still hope we can get a mile in time.

“She was again doing her best to run to the end and where she will go will depend on the land, but you will look at the Maurice de Gheest Prix.

“She is the winner in the second group, so we will look at the first group over seven stages and a mile and see how things develop and how the terrain is.

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