Animal Kingdom: storming home in the Dubai World Cup at MeydanPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Animal Kingdom camp confirm Queen Anne aim
ANIMAL KINGDOM'S bid to add a Royal Ascot success to his haul of big-race wins will come in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes this summer after connections opted for the prestigious mile contest over the two-furlong longer Prince of Wales's Stakes.
Trained by Graham Motion for Arrowfield Stud, Sheikh Mohammed and Team Valor, Animal Kingdom stormed to an impressive success in the Dubai World Cup in March and is gearing up for the royal meeting at David Lanigan's yard in Lambourn.
The 2011 Kentucky Derby winner, also entered in Sandown's Coral-Eclipse in July, could have gone for the Prince of Wales's, but Motion has decided on the Queen Anne after visiting Ascot.
He said: "After walking the course, I feel the mile in the Queen Anne will afford our horse plenty of ground. We had only considered the other race because it is run over the same mile-and-a-quarter distance as the Kentucky Derby and World Cup.
"The owners prefer a credential for the horse at a mile and I think the uphill nature of the Ascot course will be a stiff enough test to allow his stamina to come into play.
"The mile at Ascot is closer to a mile-and-an-eighth race in America because of the layout and if Animal Kingdom were racing in America at this time, we probably would be running him over that distance. The Queen Anne also fits nicely into my training schedule for Animal Kingdom since we freshened him up after his trip to Dubai."
A five-year-old son of Leroidesanimaux, Animal Kingdom has won £5,193,177 in prize-money.