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Tate mulls over Gambit going back to York

Kings Gambit, involved in a controversial finish to the John Smith's Cup at the weekend, may make a quick return to York.

Trainer Tom Tate could consider taking the six-year-old back to the Knavesmire for the Group Two Sky Bet York Stakes on Saturday week. "He seems OK. He's amazingly tough," said the Tadcaster handler.

"He likes York and I don't know whether we dare consider him for the Group race (the Sky Bet).

"The minimum amount of time I'd consider is a fortnight.

"We'll keep our eye on him and see whether we dare come to the well again."


Meanwhile, connections have lodged an appeal against the decision of the York stewards not to demote the short-head winner Wigmore Hall from first place.

The hearing is set for tomorrow morning at British Horseracing Authority headquarters in London. "We thought we were troubled by the other horse, so we decided to appeal," Tate went on.

The trainer withdrew top-weight Distant Memories from Saturday's valuable handicap because the ground was unsuitable, but the four-year-old could go to Newbury on Saturday for the Listed Shadwell Beech House Stud Stakes if there is rain at the Berkshire venue.

"The plan is to run, if it rains," he added.

Illustrious Blue is to bid for a seventh course success - and the biggest of his career - in the Artemis Goodwood Cup.

Two of the seven-year-old's victories have come at the Glorious meeting at shorter trips.

However, he has been a revelation since being stepped up to long distances by trainer William Knight this season. Winner of the Sagaro Stakes at Ascot in April, he was runner-up to King Of Wands in the Coral Marathon at Sandown earlier this month.