Royal Ascot hero Pique Sous is being lined up for an audacious and lucrative double after connections confirmed the dashing grey is set to line up in both next week's Galway Hurdle and the Betfred Ebor at York next month.

The Willie Mullins-trained seven-year-old landed the Queen Alexandra Stakes under Ryan Moore in Berkshire last month and is set to revert to the jumping game at Ballybrit next week before a trip to the Knavesmire on 23 August.

Steve Massey, racing manager for owners the Supreme Horse Racing Club, said: "I've spoken to Willie this morning and the plan is to go for the Galway Hurdle and then run in the Ebor, as long as the ground is right.

"It's very exciting to have a horse who is favourite for the richest handicap hurdle in Europe and the richest Flat handicap in Europe. We're aiming to pick up around £400,000 in prize-money in a little over three weeks!

"We wouldn't even be considering running over hurdles if it wasn't for the prize-money, but we think he's well treated over hurdles and he's in great form at the moment, so we're keen to give it a go.

"Paul Townend schooled him over hurdles this morning and everything went well, so we're just hoping this dry spell continues and he stays sound."