Kingston Hill: may run at Newbury if conditions not suitable at YorkPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Kingston Hill given Geoffrey Freer option
DERBY runner-up Kingston Hill has been given an entry for Saturday's Betfred TV Geoffrey Freer Stakes, as trainer Roger Varian covers his bases.
York's Ebor festival is the main target for Kingston Hill, with entries in the Group 1 Juddmonte International and Group 2 Neptune Investment Management Great Voltigeur, but Varian has given the colt an alternative with Newbury's Group 3.
"The plan since Sandown [fourth in Eclipse] has been to head to York," Varian said. "If we looked like getting a soft-ground Juddmonte International, he could go there. If the ground is good, we would more likely head to the Great Voltigeur over a mile and a half.
"He also has an entry this weekend at Newbury in the Geoffrey Freer and it is a case of watching the weather and taking a look at all the options."
There were 19 entries for the Geoffrey Freer, including the globetrotting Red Cadeaux, Hartnell and Robin Hoods Bay.
Also on the card is the Group 2 Betfred Hungerford Stakes, which attracted 17 entries. Toormore is one of three possibles for Richard Hannon.
Aljamaaheer missed Sunday's Prix Maurice de Gheest due to the ground, but could run for Roger Varian, while Kiyoshi is a potential runner for Charlie Hills.
At Ripon, the competitive William Hill Great St Wilfrid Stakes Handicap is the highlight, with 68 entries made for the 6f race.