WEEKENDER could return to two miles later this season following his narrow defeat at York on Saturday.

John Gosden's colt was an impressive winner on his seasonal reappearance at Chelmsford in May, but could only finish third behind Chester Cup hero Magic Circle when tackling two miles for the first time in the Henry II Stakes at Sandown.

He was back at a mile and three-quarters for the Grand Cup at York and ran a fine race in defeat when a neck second to Marmelo.

Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to Weekender's owner Khalid Abdullah, said: "I though he ran well behind a very good horse.

"At Sandown the time before it looked like he didn't stay two miles but the ground was sticky there. Looking at how he finished this race off, you'd say he might be worth another go over two miles. He was just caught a little flat-footed before staying on strongly again.

"The best thing is he's still getting it together. For a stayer he's not had many runs."

Meanwhile, Tim Easterby is looking forward to seeing Wells Farhh Go step up in distance for the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot on Friday.

The three-year-old was unbeaten in two starts at York as a juvenile, including a Group Three success in the Acomb Stakes.

He returned to the Knavesmire for last month's Dante Stakes at York and although he was ultimately well beaten in sixth place, Easterby expects to see his charge in a better light as he steps up in distance in Berkshire.

The trainer said: "Wells Farhh Go definitely runs, whatever the weather. He doesn't need soft ground - he's fine on good ground. It's the trip he needs."

Another Easterby inmate set to make the journey south from Yorkshire next week is the unbeaten two-year-old Vintage Brut.

The son of Dick Turpin will bid to claim his third victory from as many starts in Thursday's Norfolk Stakes, but will first go under the hammer at the Goffs London Sale on the eve of Royal Ascot.

"Vintage Brut is in great form, he's like a rocket," Easterby added.

"Of course he's in the sale the night before, which could pose a problem for me. If a wealthy owner comes in and buys him to send to another trainer it could run in their name, but that's the situation.

"Whoever's name he runs under he'll run very well, I'm sure of that."