Cees teed-up for Festival

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Top Cees, the favourite for Saturday's Cesarewitch who stayed on dourly for third place, has another valuable handicap on his agenda, the Coral Cup at the Cheltenham Festival next March.

The five-year-old, beaten a length and a neck behind the Mary Reveley- trained Old Red in the Newmarket marathon, will have a couple of runs over timber before Cheltenham.

"I was very pleased with his run," Mrs Ramsden said. "It's a shame he didn't win, but he's been gelded in the summer and he ran well. A bit more cut in the ground might have helped. He's an out-and-out stayer, and by stayers' standards he is still a young, fresh horse.

"He'll have a light campaign over hurdles and when he comes back he'll have a similar campaign to this year on the Flat, with the Chester Cup his first target."

A horse with a more immediate race in sight is Beauchamp King, who is the only horse added to Doncaster's Racing Post Trophy at the supplementary entry stage.

John Dunlop added the colt, who has won his last three starts, to next Saturday's Group One mile contest at a cost of pounds 15,000. Beauchamp King is likely to meet the Royal Lodge Stakes winner, Mons, and the Prix de la Salamandre victor, Lord Of Men, at Doncaster.

n Lake Coniston has come through his pre-Breeders' Cup Sprint test at Lingfield with flying colours. Ridden by Pat Eddery, he handled the turn into the home straight in a five-furlong spin designed to prepare him for a similar bend at Belmont Park. "He moved like a dream," Eddery said of the July Cup winner's first taste of sand. "We were winging. He took a strong hold but handled the bend with ease."