Caravaggio overcame being drawn away from the pace
PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
By Scott Burton 3:13PM 14 JUN 2016
Report: Royal Ascot, Tuesday
Coventry Stakes (Group 2) 6f, 2yo colts and geldings
CARAVAGGIO won “two races” according to Ryan Moore when storming clear of Mehmas.
Moore had the son Scat Daddy buried in the midst of the nearside group, who appeared to be trailing by some distance at half way behind their farside counterparts.
But Caravaggio careered to the front of his own group before tacking across the course to give O’Brien a record eighth winner in the race.
“He had to win two races today,” said Moore, who was previously successful aboard Power in this race six years ago.
“The other side were always ahead of us and I was stuck with horses around me not bringing me far enough. He has had to go by them earlier than I would have liked. He then went by Mehmas there and he has gone and won his race again.”
Moore added: “I was really worried about the ground today but fortunately he has won despite everything. He is very good to win two races in one go.”
New 2,000 Guineas favourite
Paddy Power were most impressed with Caravaggio, cutting him to 4-1 for next year’s Qipco 2,000 Guineas while Sky Bet offer double that price.
O’Brien admitted he had shared Moore’s concerns abot Caravaggio’s stamina at this early stage of his career on the rain-softened Ascot turf.
“We were worried that he was so quick that we maybe should have had him in the Norfolk when the ground got so soft because he is very very rapid at home,” the trainer said. “When a horse is that quick you are never sure that they are going to last out over six in soft ground but, he got it and he got it well.”
‘good chance’ Caravaggio will stay a mile
Caravaggio’s winning time of 1 minute 16.36 seconds was the slowest for the race since 2000.
OBrien felt afterwards that such was the colt’s build and power that the Guineas trip would be within his compass in time.
“He has a great mind, he settles well and he is very clear-winded and he has all the right things,” he said. “He is a lovely-sized horse and very powerful so there is a big chance.”