York runner-up Weekender could step back up in trip

Weekender (pink hat) running at Haydock earlier in his career

Weekender could return to two miles later this season following his narrow defeat at York on Saturday.

John Gosden’s colt was an impressive winner on his seasonal reappearance at Chelmsford in May, but could only finish third behind Chester Cup hero Magic Circle when tackling two miles for the first time in the Henry II Stakes at Sandown.

He was back at a mile and three-quarters for the Grand Cup at York and ran a fine race in defeat when a neck second to Marmelo.

Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to Weekender’s owner Khalid Abdullah, said: “I though he ran well behind a very good horse.

“At Sandown the time before it looked like he didn’t stay two miles but the ground was sticky there. Looking at how he finished this race off, you’d say he might be worth another go over two miles. He was just caught a little flat-footed before staying on strongly again.

“The best thing is he’s still getting it together. For a stayer he’s not had many runs.”