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Take Cover lined up for hat-trick bid in Rous Stakes

Take Cover will run at Ascot unless the going is unsuitably soft
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Popular veteran sprinter Take Cover, who seems better than ever at the age of ten, is set to contest Saturday’s Listed Hope And Homes For Children Rous Stakes at Ascot if the ground does not deteriorate further.

Showers are forecast overnight into Thursday, but trainer David Griffiths is hoping there is not too much rainfall as he is keen to run last month’s Newbury Group 3 Dubai World Trophy hero.

“It’s good to soft, soft in places on the straight course,” Griffiths said. “I’d like to run him at Ascot but he wouldn’t want it too soft.

“He’s in great form. They didn’t see which way he went at Newbury – he was unbelievable – and he seems better than ever this year.”

Take Cover would be on a hat-trick if he was allowed to take his place at Ascot after he landed the Listed Beverley Bullet by a length before his Newbury triumph.

“If he went to Ascot I think he’d have a favourite’s chance,” Griffiths added. “A stiff five furlongs isn’t ideal for him, but he’s run well there before in the King’s Stand – he finished fifth to Lady Aurelia this summer – and the uphill finish at Beverley didn’t stop him.”

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I’d like to run him at Ascot but he wouldn’t want it too soft
E.W. Terms