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Total focus shifts to Gordon for St Ledger tilt

Total Command is likely to run in the Betfair Gordon Stakes at Glorious Goodwood as he continues on the road to a possible Ladbrokes St Leger tilt.

The son of Sadler's Wells showed he was an improving young stayer when third to fellow Doncaster Classic hopefuls Mikhail Glinka and Theology in the Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot.

The Michael Stoute-trained colt could get the chance to go one better than his full-sister Quiff, who was beaten a head by Rule Of Law in the 2004 St Leger.

Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah, said: "Total Command is a likely contender for the St Leger at the moment.

"He holds an entry in the Great Voltigeur Stakes (at York) but he will probably head to Goodwood for the Gordon Stakes on July 27.

"He ran very well at Ascot and got a super run on the inside.

"He just actually failed to stay out the two miles and he would probably like a mile and three-quarters better.

"We hope that he is quite progressive and he won his maiden very well at Goodwood, so the Gordon Stakes looks like a natural next step for him."

The long trip to Beverley paid off for Markington as the dual-purpose performer gave Peter Bowen a winner with his first runner at the track in the 125th Year of Watt Memorial Handicap.

A crack at the Cesarewitch is now on the cards for the seven-year-old who defied a 6lb higher mark than the one he won off at Pontefract three weeks ago.

First off the bridle, as soon as Robert Winston pulled him into the middle of the track he picked up in style to deny the prolific Tillietudlem another win by a length and a quarter.

Bowen said: "He's in very good form, we were thinking about a valuable race at Newton Abbot over hurdles in August that he ran in last year, but the Cesarewitch is favourite at the moment.

"I think the key to him is a galloping track, just like a Pontefract last time he came home really strongly, so it might be wise to give Newton Abbot a miss.

"After that I think he should be high enough in the handicap and it looks like Newmarket."

JOCKEY Chris Catlin's treble at Brighton was soured by picking up a suspension that rules him out for three days of the Glorious Goodwood meeting.

Catlin was punished for allowing Mandhooma to "drift left-handed into the whip for a considerable period" in the 3663 First For Food Service Handicap. "I think it's a bit harsh as there was slight interference after the line," said Catlin. "I might appeal. We'll see."

Catlin went widest of all on Mandhooma, who was completing a hat-trick of Brighton victories in a fortnight but was inexplicably sent off at 8/1.


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