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Stoute will not force the issue

Michael Stoute is refusing to rush into making a plan for record-breaking Derby winner Workforce.

On only his third start, the King's Best colt broke Lammtarra's 15-year-old track record for the Classic on a sweltering day at Epsom.

The Irish Derby at the Curragh and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot are the likely options for his next start, but five-time Derby winning handler Stoute says no decision will be made until next week at the earliest. "It was a great day, a great thrill and the team thoroughly enjoyed it," said Stoute.

"I was a little bit concerned about his lack of experience after his preparatory race didn't go according to plan, but he'd pleased us subsequently and we thought he would run very well but I didn't expect a performance of that magnitude.

"Ryan (Moore) came in after York and said 'don't be disappointed' because the bit went right through his mouth and he couldn't give him the assistance that he needed.

"I suppose on the face of it it was a better Derby performance than Sea The Stars, but it doesn't make him a better horse and Sea The Stars actually won the Derby very comfortably.

"All my Derby winners stand out, it's a wonderful race and it's a wonderful day and it's great to win it.

"We've decided to not even consider the next move until well into next week, we'll monitor him and try to determine how he has recovered from his race so plans are on hold. It's so far so good but it is early days."

Special Duty, who created her own unique piece of history earlier in the season by being awarded two Classics in the stewards' room, is an unlikely starter in the Coronation Stakes next week.

The Prince Khalid Abdullah-owned three-year-old is likely to skip Royal Ascot and instead wait for the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket on July 7.

"I think at the moment it (the Coronation) is unlikely," said Abdullah's racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe.

"She did have a hard race in the French Guineas and it is more likely that she'll head for the Falmouth at Newmarket's July meeting rather than the Coronation," he added.

Criquette Head-Maarek's filly benefited at the expense of Henry Cecil's Jacqueline Quest at Newmarket in the English 1000 Guineas and Francois Rohaut's Liliside in the French version.

Mabait, ante-post favourite for the Royal Hunt Cup, has been ruled out of the race by trainer Luca Cumani.

Beaten only a neck in the Victoria Cup at Ascot, it was thought he would return to Berkshire for the prestigious handicap.

However, after running with credit to finish third in the Diomed Stakes at Epsom last week, Cumani is planning to miss the annual cavalry charge.

"Mabait is in good form but he won't be going to Ascot," said the trainer. "I've got nothing in mind for him yet.

"There's a Group race in Ireland at the Curragh in early July, a Group Three race and he might go for that."

While Mabait has been ruled out of the Royal meeting, Cumani has given the green light to both Purple Moon and recent Redcar winner Forte Dei Marmi.

"Purple Moon will definitely be going for the Gold Cup after his run at York and Forte Dei Marmi will run in the Wolferton after winning the Zetland Gold Cup," added Cumani.


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