Caravaggio in Phoenix picture
Published 03/08/2016 | 02:30
Aidan O'Brien's exciting youngster Caravaggio is among 10 two-year-olds left in the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.
The Ballydoyle supremo's ante-post market leader for next year's English 2,000 Guineas, the unbeaten winner of Royal Ascot's Coventry Stakes, is one six possibles for the Group One over six furlongs hailing from the O'Brien yard.
The others are headed by Derby favourite Churchill, winner of the Chesham Stakes at the Royal meeting and the Tyros Stakes at Leopardstown.
O'Brien's son, Joseph, is represented by Ambiguity, while Ger Lyons has left in his Railway Stakes victor Medicine Jack. The John Murphy-trained Confrontational and Johnny Murtagh's Grand Coalition are also in contention.
Yorkshire trainer David O'Meara has supplemented Lord Of The Land for the Qatar Racing Club Phoenix Sprint Stakes on the same card. The five-year-old, trained in France by Andre Fabre until this season, has been getting his act together and was a good fifth to The Tin Man at Newbury on his latest start.
O'Meara has left in his July Cup runner-up Suedois at the confirmation stage after which 14 stood their ground.
However, he is expected to run in the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville. Richard Fahey's Eastern Impact and Aclaim from Martyn Meade's stable are the other invaders left in the six-furlong Group Three contest.
Tom Hogan's evergreen Gordon Lord Byron may go for a hat-trick after returning to form with wins at Tipperary and the Curragh on his last two outings.
Eddie Lynam has left in Moviesta and Fort Del Oro, while O'Brien can select from Cougar Mountain, The Happy Prince, Classic disappointment Air Force Blue and Air Vice Marshal.
Elsewhere, Ladbrokes have suspended betting on the jockeys' championship across the water following a flurry of bets on Silvestre de Sousa.
The reigning champion had been odds-on to retain his crown and was well-supported yesterday despite holding only a narrow lead over Ryan Moore and James Doyle.
Moore rode at Deauville last Sunday but has not had any mounts so far this week.
David Williams of Ladbrokes said: "In what is rarely a busy market we saw elevated interest in bets coming through on Silvestre de Sousa.
"It quickly became evident that some punters were looking to back him at any price and the prudent thing to do in those circumstances and on a market like this is to take a breather."
Moore's agent Tony Hind said: "All I know is Ryan is having a holiday with his family and said he'll speak to me when he gets back."