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Aidan O’Brien thrilled with return of Caravaggio at Naas

22 May 2017

Unbeaten colt has Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot as next target

Caravaggio looks happy enough with his work at Naas on Sunday. Picture: Racingfotos.com

Caravaggio is hot favourite for the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot next month after a dazzling reappearance win in the Group 3 EMS Copiers Lacken Stakes at Naas on Sunday.

The unbeaten Aidan O’Brien-trained colt showed a great turn of foot to win by almost five lengths from Psychedelic Funk and seems certain to make an impact in this year’s QIPCO British Champions Series – not least because the trainer said he was not in peak condition.

“He’s an unbelievably quick horse,” O’Brien said. “I’ve never seen a quicker horse and that’s why we went this way with him.

“He’s showed nothing to say he wouldn’t get a mile,” O’Brien said. “We worked him seven furlongs and the petrol gauge never shifted, but I was afraid that he was so quick that it would be the wrong thing to do.

“We could train him for a mile and go back, but we didn’t want to lose the brilliance.

“He was carrying plenty and was a good bit above what he was last year. A long way above. You couldn’t be happier.”

Caravaggio is 6-4 with most bookmakers for the Commonwealth Cup. Blue Point and Harry Angel are next in the betting.