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Distant Music is in line for a surprise tilt at the Dubai Champion Stakes after being pulled out of this weekend`s Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot.

The colt, trained by Barry Hills and owned by Khalid Abdulla, has never previously raced beyond one mile.

But connections are keen to try the son of Distant View over the 10 furlongs of the Group One event at Newmarket on October 14th.

'He`s out of a mare by Nijinsky, so we feel it`s well worth considering the Champion Stakes,' said Beckett.

The Newmarket option gives Distant Music plenty of time to recover from his exertions at Doncaster earlier in the month.

On his first race since disappointing when favourite for the Sagitta 2000 Guineas, the colt showed tremendous spirit to gain a narrow victory in the White Rose Park Stakes.

'He had a long lay-off after the Guineas and we didn`t want to rush him back again after the Doncaster race,' said Beckett.

'But Barry is very happy with the horse and all being wellwe will be thinking about the Champion Stakes now.

'The good news is that the horse, subject to Prince Khalid`s approval, will be staying in training next season.'