Saturday 21 April 2018

Caravaggio can get back in frame


Lewis Lesbirel

Caravaggio can get his career back on track in the Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes on day two of Irish Champions Weekend at the Curragh today.

The Scat Daddy colt shaped like a potential superstar when gunning down Harry Angel in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot but has been a shadow of his former self in two starts subsequently. Once labelled "the fastest horse I've ever trained" by Aidan O'Brien, Caravaggio never looked comfortable at any stage when fourth in the July Cup, and his effort last time out in France behind Brando was bitterly disappointing. It has since transpired he returned very sore from that outing and the master of Ballydoyle believes a lack of traction from the fitting of new shoes can account for his poor showing.

Although the drop back to five furlongs does not look the most obvious of positives, Caravaggio will face a much easier field than he has contested on his previous two outings and should get back to winning ways with the minimum of fuss.

Order Of St George will be hard to beat in the Comer Group International Irish St Leger, while Gustav Klimt and September in the National Stakes and Moyglare Stakes respectively can make it a monumental day for O'Brien, even by his lofty standards.

The latter has been overlooked by Ryan Moore, but that is not too off-putting as she will come on for her fourth in the Debutante Stakes.

Champoleon can break his duck over hurdles in the Charleville Cheese Maiden Hurdle as the seven-day Harvest Festival kicks into gear at Listowel.

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