Epsom Derby runner-up Hoo Ya Mal could be aimed at St Leger

Trainer George Boughey could aim his new charge, the Derby's surprise package Hoo Ya Mal, at the Group 3 Gordon Stakes and then the St Leger before he departs for Australia later in the year.

Formerly trained by Andrew Balding, Hoo Ya Mal was bought by new connections on the eve of Royal Ascot for the princely sum of £1.2million.

He outran his 150/1 odds at Epsom when finishing just two and a half lengths behind Desert Crown and will eventually join trainer Gai Waterhouse, with the Melbourne Cup a likely target.

Before then, however, Boughey has been tasked with a possible tilt at the St Leger.

Boughey told SBK: "It's very exciting to have a horse like Hoo Ya Mal in the yard.

"His work has been good and we are looking at the Gordon Stakes next before a possible tilt at the St Leger, before he heads to Australia with Gai Waterhouse for the Carnival out there."

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