Ektihaam: slipped in the Hardwicke last time but is ready to returnPICTURE: Getty Images
for King George
LEADING owner Hamdan Al Maktoum looks likely to be solely represented by Ektihaam in Saturday's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot after connections revealed fellow entry Mukhadram is to be rerouted to York on the same afternoon.
Ektihaam, a 10-1 chance, has not been seen since slipping and unseating Paul Hanagan in the Hardwicke Stakes at the royal meeting last month, but has emerged unscathed.
Also in the wars last time was the William Haggas-trained Mukhadram, a general 12-1 shot for the King George who got the worst of a coming together with old rival Al Kazeem in the Eclipse at Sandown where he finished third.
Runner-up to the same horse in the Group 1 Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot, Mukhadram is to bypass a return to Berkshire in favour of an easier opening in the Group 2 Sky Bet York Stakes on the Knavesmire.
Richard Hills, assistant racing manager to the owner, said: "At the moment, the plan is to run Ektihaam in the King George and Mukhadram in the race at York.
"Mukhadram was unlucky in the Eclipse where he would have finished second but for the interference and William has been pleased with him since then. Ektihaam is also training well and we are looking forward to getting him back on the track."