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July Cup bid on the cards for Royal Ascot fifth Projection

PROJECTION will have his next start in the Group 1 July Cup following a respectable fifth in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.

Trainer Roger Charlton has mapped out a plan for his progressive sprinter that will take in the Group 1 contest.

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Projection (white) ran Blue Point close in last year’s Bengough Stakes

He may finished just off the principals, but the son of Acclamation showed enough early speed at Royal Ascot to suggest top-level company is not beyond him.

The performance was a career best and consequently the five-year-old has been raised to a mark of 112, just eight pounds shy of July Cup favourite, Blue Point.

Given his profile, there is a strong likelihood there will be more improvement to come on just his fourth start of this campaign.

With high-profile sprinters Merchant Navy and Harry Angel missing the race, Charlton is confident this could be the time to strike.

He said: “He ran very well at Ascot. He was running out of his class a little bit I thought, but he was only beaten two and a quarter lengths.

“I think his connections would be quite keen to go to the July Cup, but it depends what is going to show up – there are a few that have fallen by the wayside.

“It’s a very good prize.

“The following weekend there is the Hackwood Stakes at Newbury and that would be a pretty good alternative.

“He deserves to win a race as he has not won one since he was a two-year-old.”

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