TOP SPRINTER Take Cover could have his final start at Newbury on Saturday.
The admirable veteran is set to tackle the Group 3 World Trophy Stakes, for which he is a 7-1 shot.
Now an 11-year-old, David Griffiths’ speedster has won twice at Group 2 level and still showed he had an appetite for the fight when winning the Beverley Bullet earlier this month.
He was fifth in the Group 1 Flying Five at the Curragh last weekend, and his trainer said he has come out of that race in top shape.
Griffiths said: “He came back from Ireland fresh and well and he ran a great race over there on ground that was softer than ideal.
“He was only beaten a length and a half in a Group 1, so it was a cracking effort.
“Fingers crossed it stays dry at Newbury. I think they’re saying the ground is on the soft side of good now and if it goes soft we might not run him, but we’ll see.
“If he does run, I think it will probably be his last run of the season. Whether he comes back next year, it’s too early to say, but it could well be his last run.
“It could be (emotional), definitely. It would obviously be great if he can go out with a win.
“He’s been an amazing horse for us and if it’s good ground, I think we’ll go there pretty confident about his chances.”
Among his rival’s in the £60,000 contest is the exciting three-year-old Equilateral (5-1), who bounced back to form at Leicester last time.
He had looked a top prospect before flopping at Royal Ascot and in the Hackwood Stakes at Newbury in July, but Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah, was pleased to see him get his head back in front.
Grimthorpe said: “Charlie has always had quite a high opinion of him.
“He lost his way a bit in the summer, so we gave him a bit of time and he came back and won a three-runner race at Leicester nicely.
“He’s got to step up again now and we’re looking forward to seeing him run.”
Hit The Bid (7-1) wasn’t far in front of Take Cover at the Curragh last weekend and is seeking to win his first Group race for Irish trainer Darren Bunyan.
Bunyan said: “The ground makes a big difference to him, he’s proven that in the past, so we were very proud of him last week. We’re very positive overall.
“He has backed up well before. He ran well in France last season, then two weeks later he won a Listed at Cork and it took two days to get back from France.
“He’ll be going to Newbury fresher than most.”