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Acqume likely to add Australian flavour to York weekend card

Acqume will be heading to York

Australian sprinter Acqume is set to run at York on Saturday.

In Britain to help prepare her Toby Edmonds-trained stablemate Houtzen for Royal Ascot, she has been stabled in Newmarket for the past two months.

Acqume also holds an entry at Goodwood over six furlongs on Friday, but a trip to the Knavesmire for the William Hill Leading On Course Bookmaker Sprint is favoured.

“We want to run her this week and we’ll have a look at both races, but I think the five-furlong option would be more up her alley first up and we’ll probably kick her off over that trip,”  said Trent Edmonds, assistant to his father.

“She took a little while to settle in and she had a few little niggles, but she seems to be through all of that now.

“The last four or five weeks have been super – she’s thriving.”

“Whatever she does in her first run she’ll improve on, but it’s also a matter of us getting a grasp on the form.

“I think she’s probably been rated a touch high, but we’ll see where she fits in.

“She didn’t get beaten very far at Flemington on Melbourne Cup day and she handled that well. She’s a big, heavy mare and I don’t think she’s necessarily a firm, firm track horse so the ground in Britain should suit her.”

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