QIPCO British Champions Day winner Flying Officer is set to return to Ascot for the Longines Sagaro Stakes on Wednesday April 27.
The Discover Ascot Raceday is the first flat meeting of the season here at Ascot and is set to be a hugely competitive card.
The popular Queen Anne Enclosure free tickets have now sold out, with ticketsstill availableat £13 for the King Edward VII Enclosure.
American raider Flying Officer won three from three in 2015 for John Gosdon and Frankie Dettori, including the QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot in October.
Gosdon admits the six-year-old is lightly raced, due to quirks, but recent work suggests a return to Ascot could kick start a big year.
“We might look at a race like the Sagaro,” Gosden was quoted as saying on the British Champions Series website.
“You’ve really got that race and the Henry II Stakes [at Sandown on May 26] as places to go. He’s on target for one of those, or both.
“He’s a delicate old flower so we have to keep his races well-spaced - sometimes a year between races - but he breezed yesterday morning [Tuesday] and is in good form. I’m very happy with him.
“Flying Officer is quite a character; his brother Lucarno [the 2007 St Leger winner] was a big, aggressive horse. This one is more suspicious and inclined to check what’s going on around him all the time.”
The flat season is now well and truly back in full swing and trainers and owners will be building up towards a huge summer, featuring Royal Ascot.
To see Flying Officer in action on 27thApril, make sure you purchase your tickets for £13 in advancehere