Caravaggio’s connections eye 2000 Guineas


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Trainer Aidan O’Brien has confirmed that plans are in place for Caravaggio to run in the French 2000 Guineas later this month.

The three-year-old has not been seen in action since August 2016 but he enjoyed a fine debut campaign under O’Brien.

He opened his account with a win at Dundalk last April before then proving too good at the Curragh a month later.

Caravaggio was then stepped up in classed as a juvenile and he produced more heroics as he won the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh before resting over the winter.

Despite his performances so far, Caravaggio was taken out of Saturday’s Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket but O’Brien admits he could race in the Poule d’Essai des Poulains at Deauville.

He said: “We always had our eye on the French race with him and his big works are going to be this weekend.

“He’s going to do plenty this week and then we’ll see how we are going. We know that he can go sprinting anytime. He’s not short of pace.”

Caravaggio’s withdrawal from this weekend’s race has now seen O’Brien’s other stable charge Churchill become the 2.75 favourite.

He will be wary of the rest of the field with Al Wukair, Barney Roy, Eminent, Dream Castle, Rivet and Peace Envoy all set to run.

They will be joined by Lancaster Bomber, Larchmont Lad, Spirit of Valor, Top Score and Law And Order for the race at Newmarket.

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