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High hopes that Queen’s stayer can cope with step up in class

Michael Bell is hopeful Tactician can cope with the step up in class and trip when he lines-up for the Stobart Doncaster Cup on Town Moor tomorrow.

The Queen's likeable stayer has already made giant strides this term and only went down by a length to Moyenne Corniche after making most of the running the Ebor at York last month.

However, he has an extra half-mile to travel this time and is stepping up to Group Two company.

"It's obviously a big step up in class and trip, but the horse looks as though he will stay and every run this year he has improved," said Bell.

"With a little bit more improvement it will put him in the mix."

Tastahil was second in the corresponding race 12 months ago and Charlie Hills is praying the ground is suitable for him.

"He normally comes good at this time of year. He ran a great race here a year ago when he was second," Hills told At The Races.

"He looks well in himself and we'll just keep an eye on the ground’’

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