Dundonnell camp keep Glorious options open

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Dundonnell is on course for Glorious Goodwood.

However, connections are yet to decide which clash at the famous five-day festival they will target.

The Roger Charlton-trained colt is being readied for a shot at the Group 2 Lennox Stakes or the Group 3 Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes.

A three-year-old son of First Defence, Dundonnell won the Group 3 Acomb Stakes at York last year.

He then defied a penalty to win the Listed King Charles II Stakes at Newmarket on May 18, before finishing sixth to Dawn Approach in the Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot last month.

Lord Grimthorpe, racing manager to the horse’s owner, Prince Khalid Abdullah, said: ‘We are looking at our options for Dundonnell.

‘Both the Lennox Stakes and Thoroughbred Stakes are under consideration.

‘I thought he ran well at Royal Ascot.

‘He did not quite get the run of the race but it was a very high-class race.

‘He got the mile okay and, although he didn’t get clearest passage, ran right to the line.

‘He won well over seven furlongs before that, so he is versatile.

‘But we aren’t favouring one race over the other at this stage and will have a look nearer the time.’

Gordon Lord Byron, who won last season’s Group 1 Prix de la Foret at Longchamp, has also been earmarked for the Lennox Stakes.

Tipperary trainer Tom Hogan is eyeing the race after watching his five-year-old Byron gelding finish fourth behind Lethal Force in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The Lennox Stakes is a £150,000 contest over seven furlongs and is the feature race on day one of the festival on Tuesday, July 30.

Chachaimaidee won the race last season, while fellow Group 1 winners Paco Boy (2008) and Court Masterpiece (2005) star in an impressive roll of honour.

Court Masterpiece, in particular, will be well known to Goodwood punters as he returned to the Downs a year later to win the top-grade Sussex Stakes.

Meanwhile, the Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes is worth £60,000 and is run over a mile on Friday, August 2.

Last season’s renewal ended in a dead heat, with the stewards unable to separate Trumpet Major and Archbishop.

The race was also won by Court Masterpiece (2003), while Cape Cross (1997) is another notable champion.

Cape Cross was the sire of stellar Irish colt Sea The Stars, who won six consecutive Group 1 races, and the brilliant mare Ouija Board.