The powerful Annabel Neasham team is about to gain another quality addition to the stable in the form of Top Rank, a winner of six of his twelve starts overseas.

The Irish bred grey, who has been purchased by Australian Bloodstock, last raced in the Group 2 Summer Mile at Ascot on July 10, where he finishes fourth.

Earlier results that add handsomely to his credentials include a third place finish in the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury in May, particularly when the on-going results of the two runners that beat Top Rank home on that occasion is taken into account.

The winner there was Palace Pier who won the Queen Anne Stakes at Ascot in his next start … after which the respected At The Races website labelled him ‘the best horse in the world.’ Palace Pier then duly completing a Group 1 hat-trick when making it back-to back wins in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville.

Lady Bowthorpe, who finished second in the Lockinge, also went on to win the Group 1 Nassau Stakes at Goodwood … making the Lockinge result a very strong form race.

“We might run him in The Gong into the Villiers and then all things being well he would be our Doncaster horse in the autumn,” Australian Bloodstock co-director Jamie Lovett told Racing.com.

“I think he could get into the Doncaster with a winnable weight being only a Group 3 winner. Even in the back of my mind, he could be a lovely horse for the All-Star Mile.”

Top Rank is due to arrive in Sydney on October 12.

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