Trainer Jim Goldie is hoping Sir Chauvelin’s run at Newbury this weekend will provide the perfect preparation for a shot at the Ebor at York next month.
Sir Chauvelin put in a positive performance when finishing second in the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes at Ascot last month over 1m 3f 211y before clinching third place in the Stobart Rail & Civils Northumberland Plate Handicap at Newcastle in a two-mile contest.
The six-year-old was then dropped down in trip for the 59th John Smith’s Cup Handicap at York last time out but this proved to be a poor decision as he ended up a disappointing 10th from 19 runners.
Goldie’s charge looks well-suited to two-mile races and the Glasgow handler has decided to enter the bay gelding into the first running of the £100,000 JLT Cup over two miles at Newbury on Saturday.
Willie Mullins’ Stratum is the widespread favourite to land the victory in Berkshire this weekend, whilst Mark Johnston’s Making Miracles and Owen Burrows’ Quloon are also being backed to put in a strong challenge.
Goldie is hoping the step back up in trip will prove to be the tonic needed to get Sir Chauvelin back into form ahead of the Ebor at York next month.
“We are keen to come to Newbury as this is the last real opportunity for him to have a run before the Ebor at York next month.
This new race has a good strategic place in the calendar,” he said.
“Hopefully, he can turn up at his best and run well. I just hope we are not going to the well once too often with him.”