Caravaggio winning the Phoenix Stakes on Sunday
PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos
By Keith Melrose 12:09PM 10 AUG 2016
PHOENIX STAKES winner Caravaggio, currently as short as 5-2 for next year’s 2,000 Guineas, is among 49 entries for the Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket on September 24, which were released on Wednesday.
Aidan O’Brien reported earlier in the week that, while the Prix Morny and a highly-anticipated clash with Lady Aurelia is under consideration for his star juvenile, that Newmarket could be where he is next seen.
Also among the Middle Park entries are Mehmas and Blue Point, first and second in the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood, Prix Robert Papin winner Tis Marvellous and Yalta, who might well be seen next in the Nunthorpe Stakes at York.
Godolphin are responsible for nine of the entries, as are the Magnier-Tabor-Smith axis from Coolmore.
A similar entry, 47, was received for the Cheveley Park Stakes on the same card. Lady Aurelia is the headline act, with Princess Margaret Stakes winner Fair Eva the other major name among the entries.
Coolmore dominate Royal Lodge
A much larger entry of 85 was received for the Royal Lodge Stakes over two furlongs further the same afternoon. Aidan O’Brien has won the race five times and has a strong hand in pursuit of a sixth.
His 18 entries include the much-vaunted Finn McCool, due to make his debut at Leopardstown on Thursday. Also in the field is Chesham Stakes winner Churchill. Isomer and Cunco, second and third to Churchill at Ascot, also feature, as does Seniority, the Royal-owned winner of a Newmarket maiden last week.
The Rockfel Stakes, to be staged the day before, has plenty of overlap with the Cheveley Park with the exception of the speedy Lady Aurelia. Fair Eva and Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes winner Roly Poly head the 75-strong entry.