Beat The Bank set for Summer Mile Stakes defence

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Balding confirms Beat The Bank fatality woe

Beat the Bank will be given the opportunity to defend the Fred Cowley MBE Memorial Summer Mile Stakes title he won at Ascot in 2018.

The five-year-old will go into Saturday’s race following a narrow defeat to Lord Glitters in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot when beaten by just a neck.

However, while the Andrew Balding-trained son of Paco Boy will carry a penalty into the Summer Mile Stakes following his success last year, he is being tipped to shine again.

Owner King Power Racing’s bloodstock manager, Alistair Donald, said: ‘He came out of his last race well – he goes well at Ascot, he won the race last year, and as a five-year-old gelding we may as well keep him busy.

‘As long as he comes out of this race well, he can still go to Goodwood (for the Sussex Stakes).

‘Stepping him up in trip is on the plan, probably after the Sussex, but it’s just a case of waiting for the right race.

‘Ascot does seem to bring out the best in him.

The ground should be fine for him, and he’s won four Group Twos already.’

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