Monday 18 December 2017

Royal Ascot set to be next stop for classy Caravaggio

Caravaggio (left) proves too good at the Curragh
Caravaggio (left) proves too good at the Curragh

Royal Ascot is firmly on the agenda for Caravaggio after he came with a rattling run to maintain his unbeaten record in the Cold Move EBF Marble Hill Stakes at the Curragh.

The pace-setting Mister Trader held a good lead with a furlong to go but once Ryan Moore rousted the Aidan O'Brien-trained colt, Caravaggio set out his business in pleasing style.

The highly-regarded 4-7 favourite, who made a winning debut at Dundalk five weeks ago, asserted in the last half-furlong to win cosily by two and a quarter lengths.

Mister Trader was four and a quarter lengths clear of Ambiguity in third.

O'Brien said: "He's not a soft ground horse, so I'm very happy with that. That's his first run on grass and he will have learned a lot today. Ryan gave him a lovely ride.

"To break a minute up here on fast ground is very good so to do what he did today on soft ground (1m 02.22sec), getting close to heavy, is a serious time. It worked out lovely, he got a lead, which we were worried that he might not, and if you see when he changed (legs) he went halfway across the track. That's a real sign of greenness.

"We'll have to decide which race to go for at Royal Ascot (the Coventry or the Norfolk), but I think he will get six furlongs."

Moore said: "I'm very happy with him. He's a big baby of a horse, he's done it very smoothly and I'm sure he has a nice future. Aidan will get him back home, see how he is and take it from there."

Caravaggio is 3-1 (from 8-1) for the Coventry Stakes with RaceBets and the same price for the Norfolk.

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