Caravaggio in the frame for Prix Maurice de Gheest

 Jul 17 2017

The Aidan O'Brien-trained colt lost his unbeaten record when fourth in the Darley July Cup won by the Clive Cox-trained, Adam Kirby-ridden Harry Angel on Saturday.

O'Brien's charge had finished in front of the Cox runner when winning the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot and was sent off the 10-11 favourite to confirm the form at Newmarket.

O'Brien said: "He's good. I thought he ran very well. He ran a good race and we should be praising the winner Harry Angel as well as Clive, Adam and Sheikh Mohammed. We ran a good race, but the winner was very good on the day.

"It was one of those days, they are only flesh and blood and we'll look forward to him the next day.

"The lads will obviously decide what's next, but John (Magnier) was just saying that we might have a look at the Maurice de Gheest.

"He was just saying that to me this morning, but we'll see how he is after a week or 10 days. I think the Everest (in Australia) is still on the table. If he went to France that could be very much so still.

"After France the lads would have to make a decision what they want to do. Whether they want to go to Australia. I imagine if he was going there he would have to have a little break.

"Either that or he'd just keep going on, to York or somewhere. We'll try to get to the next one first and see how we go."

O'Brien also had news of his other July Festival week runners from Newmarket, headlined by Roly Poly, who claimed her first Group One success in the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes on Friday.

She could also be set for a trip to Deauville, for the Prix Rothschild on July 30.

O'Brien said: "Roly Poly is grand. She got a little bit galloped into behind, but she seems to be fine and hopefully it won't be a problem.

"We might look at the Rothschild in France for her, but we'll decide in a week or 10 days."

Clemmie was another big winner for Ballydoyle, with Churchill's full-sister coming out on top in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes.

O'Brien said: "Clemmie is in good form. There is probably no point coming back for the Debutante now and if she didn't go there she could go on to the Moyglare.

"She knows enough now if she doesn't run in the Debutante. We were delighted with her."

Gustav Klimt was promoted to 2000 Guineas favouritism following his win in the Superlative Stakes.

O'Brien said: "Obviously we'll look at the National Stakes with him. We would usually go to the Futurity (before the National Stakes), so we'll probably look at something like that with him.

"He mightn't have to do the Futurity and could go straight for the National Stakes."



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