The Grey Gatsby (left): best form is on a quicker surface
PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
By Lee Mottershead 1:01PM 14 JUN 2016
ANOTHER potential rival to A Shin Hikari looks set to fall by the wayside with last year’s short-head Prince of Wales’s Stakes second The Grey Gatsby on Tuesday described as “very unlikely” to bid for compensation.
The dual Group 1 winner, an unlucky runner-up behind Free Eagle 12 months ago, was a best-priced 9-1 following the declaration stage but Kevin Ryan is loathe to run the five-year-old on soft ground given he has performed significantly below par on it in the past.
The trainer’s son Adam Ryan said: “If the ground is soft he won’t be running. We’ll leave it as late as possible but it’s not looking very promising. I’d never say never, but I would say he is a very unlikely runner.
Sandown more likely
“We have tried running him on soft ground in the past and he doesn’t go a yard on it. He was in great order when he ran at York and Leopardstown last year, but on both occasions he ran poorly on easy ground, as he did the year before in the Grand Prix de Paris.”
He added: “We have to do the right thing by the horse. He has done everything for us and we have to repay that. He has already told us he doesn’t like soft ground but if we ran him on it he would still try his heart out and give himself a hard race. In all probability his first race of the season will now be in the Eclipse.”