Major plans for Ursa14/10/2012 - 10:50:02
Racing manager Tim Jones feels there is much to look forward to with Ursa Major following his fine effort in last month’s Ladbrokes St Leger.
The Galileo colt was given the chance to shoot for Classic glory on Town Moor following a hat-trick of wins on softer ground in Ireland.
He ran a race full of promise to finish fourth and Jones, racing manager for owner Andrew Tinkler, anticipates more to come next season.
“Ursa Major is finished for the season,” said Jones.
“He has been so progressive as a three-year-old and I suppose the hope is that he hasn’t stopped improving.
“With another winter under his belt, he could easily develop into a very exciting horse for next year.
“We went the Leger route with him because everything pointed us in that direction, but I don’t think it’s out of the question he could be effective over a mile and a half next season.
“I think we’ll keep an open mind about his campaign and while the obvious route appears to be the Cup-race route, I don’t think Tommy (Carmody, trainer) and the team will be dismissing the mile-and-a-half races either.”
Irish St Leger hero Royal Diamond may have another run this year, however, with the Prix Royal-Oak in France on October 28 a possible port of call.
“There is the Prix Royal-Oak and it is not out of the question he could run again, but we’ll just have to see,” said Jones.
“I don’t think anything is off the table at this stage, but those discussions haven’t yet been finalised.”
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