Ektihaam: none the worse for slip in Hardwicke at Royal AscotPICTURE: Getty Images
Princess of Wales's possibility for Ektihaam
EKTIHAAM is reported none the worse for his spill at Ascot last weekend and trainer Roger Varian is not ruling out a recovery mission at the July festival at Newmarket next month.
The son of Invincible Spirit was leading when slipping up in Swinley Bottom and unshipping Paul Hanagan in the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes that was won by the ill-fated Thomas Chippendale.
Hanagan felt he would have won, and Ektihaam had previously beaten Thomas Chippendale in the Listed Buckhounds Stakes over course and distance in May.
The four-year-old is a 10-1 chance with William Hill to make a successful return to the Berkshire track in the Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes on July 27.
Varian said on Tuesday: "Luckily, Ektihaam is fine after his Ascot fall and we are happy to have him in one piece. I'm not ruling out running him in the Group 2 Princess of Wales' Stakes at Newmarket on July 11 we will just have to see how he is nearer the time."
Duntle, winner of the Group 2 Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot, is also being lined up for the Newmarket July festival, with the Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes the target.
Alan Cooper, racing manager to owners the Niarchos Family, said: "I have had a good discussion with her trainer, David Wachman, and he is very happy with the way that Duntle has come out of Ascot, so we will definitely have a look at the Falmouth."
"She has enjoyed the straight mile at Ascot twice so although the straight mile on the July Course will be new territory, it should be within her capabilities."