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Time Test to tackle A Shin Hikari at Royal Ascot

27 May 2016

Roger Charlton says the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes will be next for his Sandown winner

Time Test wins at Sandown

Time Test was an impressive winner at Royal Ascot last year. Picture courtesy of Racingfotos.com

Time Test is on collision course with Japanese wonder A Shin Hikari in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 15.

The Roger Charlton-trained four-year-old has a choice of QIPCO British Champions Series races at the royal meeting after coming from last to first to beat Western Hymn, who was receiving 5lb, by a neck on his reappearance in the BetVictor Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown on Thursday night.

He is entered in the Queen Anne Stakes, over a mile on June 14, plus the Prince of Wales’s Stakes, over an extra quarter of a mile, 24 hours later. The Group 1 contests carry prize money of £600,000 and £750,000 respectively.

Charlton believes the latter race is a better fit for his stable star, who was a brilliant winner of the Tercentenary Stakes over the same distance at the royal meeting last year.

He will need all cylinders firing because A Shin Hikari looked imperious when winning the Group 1 Prix d’Ispahan by ten lengths at Chantilly on Tuesday on his European debut.

“The disappointing thing was seeing how wonderful the Japanese horse was the other day, he could be a superstar,” Charlton said. “Otherwise you would fancy yourself in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes.

“He’s more relaxed than he was last year and he’s done really well. He’s a year older and he’s a lightly-raced Dubawi, let’s hope there’s still improvement in him. It’s not impossible to think he might stay a bit further.”

Other possibles for the Prince of Wales’s Stakes include The Grey Gatsby, runner-up in last year’s renewal and placed in three other QIPCO British Champions Series races, and Tryster, third in the Dubai Turf at Meydan on his latest start.

Bookmakers generally make A Shin Hikari 2-1 favourite, with Time Test’s odds varying between 4-1 and 6-1.