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Breeders' Cup still an option for Shaweel

MARK JOHNSTON has yet to make any firm plans for Shaweel following his fine effort in defeat in the National Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.

An impressive winner of an Ayr maiden back in May, the juvenile appeared to have his limitations exposed on his next three starts in Group company.

It was something of a surprise therefore that he landed the rearranged Gimcrack Stakes at Newbury, but he showed that to be no fluke when beaten just a short-head by Mastercraftsman at Group 1 level last weekend.

"I was delighted with Shaweel's run in the National Stakes - although obviously disappointed he has just got beat," said Johnston.

"We haven't really discussed the next options with him as John Ferguson (bloodstock advisor to owner Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum) was still in Kentucky when he ran.

"We will probably look at the Dewhurst, the Breeders' Cup and there may be race at Keeneland for him at the start of next month."

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