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Overdose - Kincem Park - 19.04.09

Overdose: "Royal Ascot is the main aim for the year," says owner

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Overdose set to return in Milan Listed race in April

Hungary: 'Budapest Bullet' Overdose is being readied for his six-year-old campaign, which is likely to begin with a Listed race over 5f in Milan on April 17.

Overdose has not been seen since losing his much publicised unbeaten record on his 15th start in the Group 2 Goldene Peitscheat Baden Baden in August.

Owner Zoltan Mikoczy reports the son of Starborough to be in "absolute tip-top- form" after a long winter break.

"His former trainer Sandor Ribarszki has said he can't remember the horse looking so well," said Mikoczy. "He has definitely strengthened up over the winter."

Overdose forfeited his 100 per cent career record in unsatisfactory circumstances as he raced at Baden Baden only after refusing to enter the stalls and delaying the start by eight minutes, having unshipped jockey Christophe Soumillon on four occasions.

When he finally consented to run, Overdose could finish only seventh of 12 to Amico Fritz.

"The horse wasn't right," said Mikoczy. "That wasn't the real Overdose we saw there and he should not have started. We have to put a line under that run."

The owner added that Overdose is likely to stick to 5f races this year, to take advantage of his speed. "We won't be going back over six," he said.

"After Milan, he is likely to have one more race, and then if all goes to plan we will come to England for the Temple Stakes at Haydock in May and then stay over for Royal Ascot. Ascot, which is our main aim for this year.

"We've tried to come the past two years but have been frustrated by injuries but I hope very much that 2011 will be Overdose's year."

 
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