Margarson's Guest going back for Hunt Cup

Updated: Sunday, 12 May 2013 12:12

Excellent Guest is set to have another crack at the Royal Hunt Cup following his victory in the Victoria Cup at Ascot on Saturday.

The six-year-old, trained by George Margarson, was only beaten half a length by Prince Of Johanne in the big mile handicap last summer and is likely to attempt to go one better next month.

He will also be given entries in the Wokingham and the Buckingham Palace Handicaps, but the Hunt cup is preferred option at this stage.

"It was great to see the old boy win at Ascot and then Katie (daughter) to win at Warwick (on Artful Lady). It topped the day off nicely," said Margarson.

"He's been unlucky with the ground and horses being well-handicapped but he was racing off a 1lb lower mark than when he was second in the Hunt Cup so he had every right to be there. The ground was perfect for him, it was genuine good to firm ground.

"He's fine and has been out for a pick of grass. We'll let him settle down for a week and then get him ready for Royal Ascot.

"He'll be entered in the Hunt Cup and the Wokingham. He has a third option in the Buckingham Palace, but it's not worth as much money and I think he's capable of winning a race like the Hunt Cup.

"I've got the other fella, Rebellious Guest, who also ran yesterday, for the Buckingham Palace. He was the unlucky horse in the race and on their homework there isn't much between him and Excellent Guest."

Margarson is no hurry to step up in class with Jammy Guest after the son of Duke of Marmalade got off the mark in good style at Lingfield.

The Newmarket trainer rates the colt highly but will see how the handicapper treats him after Friday's maiden success before firming up plans, although the Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot could be on the agenda.

"He's pretty useful and Excellent Guest leads him in all his work," said Margarson.

"I hold him in high regard and I was very upset when he got beat at Newmarket first time out. I wanted him to win that as I didn't want to go for another maiden.

"It wasn't ideal the other day for him to make the running. We know we want at least a mile or a mile and a quarter, so we didn't want to let him off in front. He's still very green. Despite that he did it very easily. He's a big baby.

"I'm going to see what the handicapper does with him. I've got a few plans, but I'm in no rush with him. I can't see how he can give him much more than, 80 or 82 on what he did there because the second horse (Caramack) was rated 76.

"If he does that I'll probably go for a little handicap somewhere before Royal Ascot and see if he is a Britannia horse.

"He's still in the St James's Palace and the Derby, but he'd want another run and it's too close now.

"That's why I wanted him to win particularly at Newmarket and then step him up to a mile and a quarter at Chester, Lingfield or even the Dante at York in the one of the trials.

"That plan got thrown out of the window. I'll have to see if he gets a reasonable handicap mark now."