Caravaggio stormed clear in the Coventry Stakes
PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
By Alex Wiltshire 2:45PM 2 AUG 2016
CARAVAGGIO, ante-post favourite for next year’s 2,000 Guineas, looks set for an engagement at the Curragh on Sunday as he features among ten entries remaining for the Group 1 Keeneland Phoenix Stakes.
The son of Scat Daddy ran out an impressive winner of the Group 2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, beating Mehmas by two-and-a-quarter lengths. That form was given a boost last Thursday as the Al-Shaqab-owned colt defeated Blue Point in the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood, leaving bookmakers to price Coolmore’s Caravaggio as the 7-2 favourite for the Newmarket Classic.
Should Caravaggio line up on Sunday he would follow the path of last year’s top two-year-old, Air Force Blue, who has been highly disappointing in his three runs this term, and 2006 Guineas winner George Washington.
It is a race that his trainer, Aidan O’Brien, has a stranglehold on having been responsible for 14 winners of the last 18 editions, and O’Brien reported Caravaggio to be in top shape.
“Caravaggio has been in good form since Royal Ascot and everyone has been happy with him,” said O’Brien. “He has just been continuing his routine but it has gone well and we are pleased.”
The Ballydoyle trainer is responsible for six of the ten entries, and also has also left in Derby ante-post favourite Churchill.