Top likely to bypass Irish trip

Top likely to bypass Irish trip

Roger Charlton has all but ruled out the Irish 2000 Guineas for Top Offer following the colt’s disappointing run in the Newmarket version on Saturday.

Connections of the Khalid Abdullah-owned three-year-old believed he was unsuited by the ground when trailing in 16th of 18 behind Camelot and will give him an easier task for his next outing.

“Top Offer travelled well but the writing was on the wall from some way out as James (Doyle) said he was unable to handle the conditions,” the Beckhampton trainer told www.rogercharlton.com.

“I hope to start him off in a conditions race and build him back up with time and patience for the better races but he is unlikely to run in the Irish 2000 Guineas.”

Charlton also reflected on an unsuccessful trip to Hong Kong where Dubai Duty Free winner Cityscape was only 10th behind Xtension in the BMW Champions Mile.

“I have just returned from Hong Kong having watched Cityscape run in a rather muddling and frustrating race,” he said.

“Unfortunately, he missed the break and they crawled for the first four furlongs and sprinted up the straight and we were always fighting a losing battle from our position and the ground was perhaps a little firmer and fairly cut up compared to Meydan.

“He will return home later this week and have a quiet period before discussing future plans with his owner.”

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