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Horse Racing - Racing: Burrows targets top-level wins for Hukum

Trainer Owen Burrows has explained his desire to make Hukum a Group 1 winner as thoughts turn to next month's Coronation Cup at Epsom.

The Shadwell Estate-owned five-year-old appeared twice at Meydan this year, winning the Group 2 Dubai City Of Gold before finishing seventh in the Sheema Classic on World Cup night.

Top level win the aim

Hukum won four times last season, which includes a success in the Cumberland Lodge Stakes at Ascot, but has yet to strike at Group 1 level.

However, Lambourn trainer Burrows is very keen on changing that as he sets his sights on a potential clash with Derby winner Adayar at Epsom.

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He said: "We entered Hukum at York originally and we wouldn't be afraid of a mile-six as he's won over that trip and something like the Irish St Leger might be an option later in the season, but we thought it was worth concentrating on the Coronation Cup to see how that pans out.

"We'd like a little drop of rain, but there's also the Hardwicke, the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud and we may look at races in Germany and the Canadian International. He may get a few more stamps on his passport this year.

Options include abroad

"We were worried the Sheema Classic might turn tactical. We were drawn a bit wide and they went hard into the first bend but then slowed it right down in the back straight and, watching it, I'd have loved to have been a couple of places further forward.

"He's won his Group 2 and numerous Group 3s, so let's do our damnedest to try to make him a Group 1 winner, whether that's in Britain or abroad."

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