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Owen Burrows to chart direct route towards Royal Ascot with Tabdeed

Royal Ascot is the target for Tabdeed (Steve Parsons/PA)

Owen Burrows could give Tabdeed the chance to extend his unbeaten record in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.

The Group One contest on June 22 is one of two options at the Royal meeting under consideration for the three-year-old, along with the Jersey Stakes.

After making a winning debut at Leicester last year the son of Havana Gold made it two from two with victory on his seasonal return at Nottingham earlier this month.

Burrows said: “The plan at the moment is that he will go straight to Royal Ascot, it is a case of whether we go for the Commonwealth Cup or step him up to seven for the Jersey, which he will have an entry in.

“He was fine after his run at Nottingham and I think he is a nice horse. I was very pleased with him, they backed the horse of David Evans’ (The Establishment) and they were eight lengths clear of the third.

“Watching him I thought his last furlong was his strongest. Do you say a strong-run six is better for him, or try seven, as I think he will get it, as he has good mind on him.”

Burrows hopes a return to a quicker surface can help Enjazaat go two places better than in the Pavilion Stakes on his return to the Berkshire track in the Commonwealth Cup.

The Lambourn handler added: “He will go straight to the Commonwealth Cup. There is the Sandy Lane, but we would be meeting the winner of the Pavilion (Invincible Army) without a penalty and I don’t think there is a need to run him again.

“I was very pleased with him at Ascot as I thought they had enough rain and I’m adamant he is a better horse on better ground.

“He didn’t have the best of draws last time and Jim (Crowley) had to take him back two or three lengths and that was about the distance he was beaten.”

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