Vaughan eyes Royal Ascot for Spirit Of Adjisa‎

Tim Vaughan
Trainer Tim Vaughan has high hopes for Spirit Of Adjisa

Welsh trainer Tim Vaughan hopes Spirit Of Adjisa's fine form will continue at Royal Ascot next month.

The seven-year old won the Grade 1 Cathal Ryan Memorial Champion Novice Hurdle at Punchestown last Friday.

And Vale of Glamorgan trainer Vaughan now has his sights set on the Ascot Stakes at the Berkshire track.

"We've got to get in the handicap there, but that's what we have got at the back of our minds," he said.

Spirit Of Adjisa's victory at Punchestown completed an impressive spring for Vaughan.

Saint Are won the John Smith's Sefton Novices' Hurdle at Aintree, while Beshabar took the Coral Scottish Grand National.

Vaughan now wants a crack at the Ascot Stakes with Spirit Of Adjisa.

"Potentially he could win a staying handicap off his mark if he shows the improvement on the flat that he has over hurdles," he added.

"He could be attractively handicapped so on that basis I'd rather go for a good handicap on a big day than spoil his handicap mark at a small meeting.

"We've run him in February, then we've run him in May. He's a horse who likes to be fresh."