Racing: Jarvis prepares Rakti for a rich autumn harvest

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The six-year-old will bid for back-to-back victories in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, transferred this year from Ascot to Newmarket, on 24 September, followed by the Breeders' Cup Mile in New York in October and then the Hong Kong Mile in December.

Already six times a Group One winner, Rakti had a short break after York. "He's back in work again," said trainer Michael Jarvis, "but there's no point in getting him too fit too early. He'll have a racecourse gallop a couple of weeks before the QEII to put an edge on him."

Plans, though, for Rakti's stablemate Eswarah are on hold. The Oaks winner, who ran unplaced in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes after her Epsom triumph, came home jarred up after her fourth place to Punctilious in the Yorkshire Oaks. "She's on the easy list," added Jarvis. "She had three quick runs on fast ground, and she doesn't like it. But I hope we'll see her again."

Looking forward to next year's Oaks, the Aidan O'Brien-trained Alexandrova, a daughter of Sadler's Wells, was introduced into the early betting at 33-1 after a 10-length maiden victory at Tralee yesterday.

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