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Makin Colt Aiming At Royal Ascot
Trainer William Haggas is considering several Royal Ascot options for promising 3YO Sky Kingdom who is raced by Australian owner Paul Makin. After making a winning debut at Newmarket's Craven meeting, Sky Kingdom performed creditably when third in the Listed Newmarket Stakes in late April. Despite missing a run in the Gallinule Stakes at the Curragh, Haggas hopes to have the well bred colt ready to run in either the King Edward VII or the Tercentenary Stakes at the royal meeting. "He is a lovely horse. I really wanted to run him in the Gallinule Stakes as that race was perfect for him, but he just had an issue which was really unfortunate," Haggas told Sky Sports. "Hopefully he will now go to Ascot. He is owned by a very patient man, but we are keen to run him at Ascot if he is in good form." He added: "He is in both the King Edward VII Stakes and the Tercentenary Stakes and a decision which race, if he goes there, will be made closer to the time." By Coolmore's deceased former shuttler Montjeu, Sky Kingdom is the first foal of the dual Gr1-winning New Zealand mare We Can Say It Now, a daughter of Makin's globetrotting Australian and European Gr1 winner Starcraft. After accruing one of Europe's most valuable bloodstock collections over a number of years, Makin, along with his wife Lyndall, dispersed almost everything under their Paulyn banner at the 2013 Goffs November Breeding Sale for a reported €12 million.