Sir Busker gave Neom the Turf Cup goal.
When Sir Busker competes in the Neom Turf Cup on Saudi Cup night, the Kennett Valley Thoroughbreds Syndicate will be hoping that he can put his name in the spotlight.
The seven-year-old trained by William Knight finished bravely third in the Juddmonte International at York behind the brilliant Baaeed. Since that August run, the horse has had a break.
He has won six races in 38 starts and finished second nine times, earning more than £560,000 in prize money. He is a model of consistency.
Even though he was mostly campaigned over a mile, when he was increased in trip last season, he was a real money spinner. When he chased home Baaeed and Mishriff at York, he belied his 100-1 odds.
Sam Hoskins, manager of the syndicate, stated: “He’s good. After the Juddmonte he went for a break, unlike last year when he stayed on and ran on Champions day.”
“As a result, he’s much further forward this year and he is going to run at Lingfield in a new Listed race – the Tandridge Stakes, over a mile on February 4.”
“That suits him quite well, because there are no penalties, he doesn’t have to carry a Group Two penalty in that.”
“Then the plan is to go out to Saudi Arabia and run in the Group Three Neom Turf Cup over a mile and two (furlongs) and then, if we get invited, the plan will be to then run in the Group One Dubai Turf in which he was fifth last year.”
Last year, Sir Busker competed eight times, winning only the Group Two York Stakes in July. Once his passport is put in the drawer, that race will be used as a target once more.
Hoskins continued, “After that Group Two win and a third in Juddmonte International, anything from now on is just a bonus.”
“That said, he is only seven and hasn’t had that much racing. William Knight is really good with those older horses.”
“I don’t really know the UK plan, but I would think the mile and two (furlong) route will be explored, with possibly the Brigadier Gerard (Sandown) or something being a starting point.”
“Part one is the foreign affairs, but after that, the plan is to definitely go back to the York Stakes, if fit and well. We will try and win that race we won last year and then go to the Juddmonte again, although obviously we will be running for place money.”
“All the other horses go off to stud and he’s still there. He is the perfect syndicate horse and we are lucky to have him.”
“He’s has been a good cash machine, but he does come first and and he will race until he is retired and we will give him a good retirement one day. Hopefully he’ll have a couple more years with him yet, though.”
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