Prince of Wales’s Stakes runner-up The Grey Gatsby could return to go one better at this year’s Royal Ascot, trainer Kevin Ryan confirmed.
The five-year-old was unlucky not to win the race last year, beaten by a short head in the final stride by Free Eagle which summed up a frustrating season.
Ryan admits he has two options for Royal Ascot though, with the Hardwicke Stakes, won last year by Snow Sky, also a possible destination ahead of a busy year for the grey.
"He will have two options at Ascot, the Hardwicke and the mile and quarter race (Prince of Wales's),” Ryan told AtTheRaces.
"He has not lost his speed but we would like to step him up at some stage. This will be his last year.
"He is in good form and we are looking to start him in Ireland. He didn't go to Dubai this year, but from Ascot onwards there is a Group One every month for him.
"I would love to take him to the Breeders' Cup at the end of the year, all being well.”
The Grey Gatsby is expected to begin his season in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh in May.
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