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Royal Ascot - Racing: Haggas sets target for Maljoom

A fantastic week for William Haggas was capped off nicely when Maljoom won the Group 2 German 2,000 Guineas on Sunday, but not dwelling on past success the trainer was eyeing his next target - Royal Ascot.

The three-year-old, owned by Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum, only made his debut two months ago when taking a seven furlong novice at Doncaster which he followed up by winning a mile conditions stakes contest on the all-weather at Kempton.

The colt returned to turf in tremendous style to mow down the long time leader after looking extremely outpaced - so did most of the field - and record his first Group-class success and maintain his unbeaten tag.

Previous Haggas success

Haggas had tasted success in this contest before, winning in 2002 and 2004 with Dupont and Brunel respectively, but he had a different plan in mind for this son of Caravaggio with the St James's Palace Stakes - for which he holds an entry - at Royal Ascot on the agenda.

Haggas said: "He's a Group 2 winner now so I suspect we might have a go at the big one at Ascot, but I'll have to talk to Sheikh Ahmed.

"We'll let the dust settle and then see what we do."

Stiff competition

Maljoom had been largely ignored by the market for the mile Group 1 at the Royal meeting having very little substance to his form, compared with the likes of 2,000 Guineas winner Coroebus, Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Native Trail and French 2,000 Guineas Modern Games who he could likely to face in June.

But now he sits just behind the Charlie Appleby-trained Classic winners and is 12/1 for the St James's Palace Stakes to maintain his rapid improvement with a Group 1 victory.

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