Caravaggio win delights O'Brien
Aidan O'Brien is considering running Caravaggio in the Qipco British Champions Sprint at Ascot on Champions Day next month after he returned to form in Ireland.
Last year's top juvenile sprinte put recent woes behind him to win the Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh on the concluding afternoon of Irish Champions Weekend.
He has all the options. He obviously has the sprint in Ascot and also America.Aidan O'Brien
Much was expected of the Scat Daddy colt this year after he won all four of his races at two. He extended that sequence to six when landing the Commonwealth Cup at Ascot, but was only fourth in the July Cup at Newmarket and disappointed again in the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville.
O'Brien elected to drop back to five furlongs for the first time this season in heading for the Group Two Flying Five and Caravaggio responded in some style.
Ryan Moore's mount was backed into odds-on favouritism and, while he seemed to be working hard around halfway, Caravaggio picked up strongly the further they raced and was well on top of stablemate and 50/1 shot Alphabet at the line, much to his trainer's delight.
"I'm delighted. We wanted to come back here and get the confidence back. He did everything perfect and Ryan gave him a lovely ride," said O'Brien. "We think he's a great horse. He's relaxed, he quickens, he travels.
"He has a big engine and for a sprinter he's 100 per cent clean-winded. He's very easy to get fit and he's a great mover."
Caravaggio is now 9/2 to win the Champions Sprint at Ascot on 21st October. Harry Angel, brilliant winner of Haydock's Sprint Cup on Saturday, is 1/1, while The Tin Man can be backed at 8/1.
Caravaggio beat Harry Angel to win the Commonwealth Cup in June, but that form was turned around by Clive Cox's charge in the July Cup at Newmarket and O'Brien is open to the idea of a third tussle.
"He has all the options. He obviously has the sprint in Ascot and also America. We were talking about Australia earlier in the year, but it might be too much as we had to do a little bit with him the last two weeks to get him here and get everything working," he added.
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