Racing: Carson and Bight enter Ascot equation

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WILLIE CARSON yesterday emerged as the favourite to join Pat Eddery in riding for Khalid Abdullah in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Saturday, but the question is which horses will make up the Saudi's team. Wemyss Bight, the Irish Oaks winner, has been left in the race alongside Commander In Chief and Tenby and there remains a possibility she will run.

Abdullah's racing manager, Grant Pritchard-Gordon, emphasised that all options remain open. 'We have three entries. We will definitely have one runner, who will most probably be Commander In Chief, and possibly two,' he said. 'We have got until Friday morning to decide what we are going to do and at that stage everything will become clear.'

Carson's opportunity to take part in a race in which his victories on Troy, Ela-Mana-Mou, Petoski and Nashwan make him by far the most successful rider of the last 15 years, comes because Michael Kinane is likely to be claimed by Dermot Weld to ride in Ireland. 'It is 9-4 on that I will be riding at Leopardstown,' Kinane said.