Raymond Tusk could miss next month's trip to Saudi Arabia, according to Tim Palin, director of racing for owners Middleham Park Racing.
Raymond Tusk produced a brilliant performance to win the Betway Conditions Stakes at Newcastle in December but 2020 got off to a disappointing start as he only finished fourth at Wolverhampton on January 13.
The five-year-old was way below his best and Palin, who is also a partner of owners Middleham Park Racing, suggested a busy summer that included a trip to Australia could have been to explain for the poor showing.
It was thought the Richard Hannon-trained charge would be heading for the Red Sea Turf Handicap over a mile and seven furlongs in Riyadh on February 29, but Palin says this is not a certainty and revealed Lingfield's April meeting is an option instead.
"We've got the Saudi race in mind. It's not a definite, but it's a possibility," he was quoted as saying by Sky Sports. "Richard (Hannon) says he's going to give him three easy weeks, see how he is - and then make a decision whether we go there or not.
"If not, we'll freshen him up for Finals Day at the end of the all-weather season. That will be his target."
Article Posted on Monday 27th January 2020 @ 11.32
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