Kaspersky will be taking on a new trip in his final start in Britain next month in the Betfred Hungerford Stakes at Newbury.
There are plans to drop the six-year-old back to seven furlongs for the first time in his career in the Group Two on August 19 before he is transported to Australia to resume his racing career.
Kaspersky finished a respectable fifth in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot in his penultimate race and then was defeated by Mutakayyef in the Summer Mile at the Berkshire track last Saturday.
His trainer, Jane Chapple-Hyam, said, “That was a good effort in the Summer Mile and he will probably be geared up for the Hungerford at Newbury before packing his bags and heading to Australia. Martin (Harley) said he probably ran better on Saturday than he did at Royal Ascot . He is a trier and gives it a go. The handicapper must have thought he has done okay as he has put him up to 113 from 111.”
She said that the choice of the Betfred Hungerford Stakes over the Strensall Stakes at York was because she feels that it is better to “come back than go up in trip, where he might just fade in the last furlong.”
Chapple-Hyam believes that a strong finisher is needed for the straight at Newbury and said that she should probably be looking at Group Three but doesn’t want to go up another furlong and she doesn’t want to travel too far before Australia.
Another horse of Chapple Hyam’s, Bullington Bandit, may drop back down to six furlongs in his next start with the Qatar Richmond Stakes a likely target. After managing an 80-1 shock on his debut, he then finished down the field in last weekend’s Superlative Stakes at Newmarket.