Ballet Concerto to step up for Stoute

STEP UP: Sir Michael Stoute
STEP UP: Sir Michael Stoute

Sir Michael Stoute’s Ballet Concerto may make the step up to Group company after winning the John Smith’s Cup at York on Saturday.

The four-year-old looked comfortable under the guidance of James Doyle, coming out on top from a field of 20 over a mile-and-a-quarter.

The next move is yet to be confirmed, but the Betfred Rose of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock on August 12, has been mooted as a possible target.

Stoute has won that Group 3 race three times, with Class Is Class the most recent victory in 2011.

Meanwhile, it appears that Ballet Concerto’s stable-mate Poet’s Word will be heading for Glorious Goodwood after a late withdrawal from the Princess of Wales’s Stakes at Newmarket.

The Glorious Stakes in August appears to be the likely route.