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The Owen Burrows-trained Hukum is now set for a crack at the Yorkshire Cup after an eye-catching performance in the Group One Dubai Sheema Classic in Meydan, which saw him beaten by just 1¾ lengths.

The 5yo has had an early start to his campaign after winning the G2 City Of Gold on Super Saturday in Dubai in early February, but could now head for the Knavesmire and York’s Dante meeting.

Burrows said, “I’m not sure exactly where he’ll go next but I did put him in the Yorkshire Cup today so that’s an option and the timing is good.

“He arrived back from Dubai on Monday evening, and all is good, he's just a little tired!"

Saturday’s run was only the second time that Hukum had run in Group One company, after previously finishing 5th in the St Leger at Doncaster.

However, the son of Sea The Stars has now won five of his last eight races and Burrows is confident that his stable star has improved already this year and that more could follow back on home soil.

“It was a great run on Saturday, probably a lifetime’s best. To be beaten by so little was gutting.

“With a better draw and not such a slow pace, I think he’d of been in the frame!”


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