Sous team think over Ebor bid

Royal Ascot hero Pique Sous will bypass the Challenge Stakes at Leopardstown tomorrow with connections giving "serious consideration" to a tilt at next month’s Betfred Ebor at York.

Sous team think over Ebor bid

Willie Mullins’ talented dual-purpose grey came close to losing his life when suffering a bout of colic last October, but was slowly nursed back to health and appeared better than ever when winning the Queen Alexandra Stakes in Berkshire.

With Pique Sous likely to be towards the head of the weights for York’s prestigious handicap on August 23, it appears unlikely he will be seen in Flat action beforehand to ensure his rating does not rise further.

Steve Massey, racing manager for owners the Supreme Horse Racing Club, said: “He’s definitely not running on Thursday. It looks quite a hot race and we have just decided to leave it for the time being.

“I saw the horse myself on Saturday when we had over 200 members at Willie’s yard for a Supreme open morning. He worked well and he’s in good spirits.

“He’s entered in the Ebor and that is one option under serious consideration, but we’ll leave plans up to Willie and see how things pan out.

“If we do go to the Ebor it will be a tough ask as he’s rated 105 now and the highest rated horse to win the Ebor in the last 20 years was 101.

“Having said that, we think Pique Sous is on the improve, York is a track that should suit him and as it’s the richest staying handicap in Europe, we’d be mad not to consider it.

“As I said, we’ll leave plans up to Willie, but I wouldn’t have thought he’ll run on the Flat again between now and the Ebor.

“I would imagine he’ll get an entry in the Galway Hurdle, so that’s another option.”

Meanwhile Red Galileo could try to back up his creditable effort in the Investec Derby with a run in the Gordon Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

The Ed Dunlop-trained colt belied his odds of 100-1 at Epsom when finishing fifth in the Premier Classic in the hands of crack apprentice Oisin Murphy, nine and a half lengths behind the impressive winner Australia.

He is on course for a return to action, with the Group Three Neptune Investment Management Gordon Stakes on July 30 the likely option for connections.

“He’s doing fine. As for possible plans, it could be the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood,” said Dunlop.

“He ran very well in the Derby and Oisin (Murphy) gave him a good ride. He’s in the Prix Eugene Adam (at Maisons-Laffitte on Sunday) but I think we’ll be going to the Gordon Stakes.

“He’s in the Great Voltigeur (at York next month), but I think the Gordon Stakes is where he’ll be going next.”

Lady Gemini is set to return to York for the Pinsent Masons Lowther Stakes next month following her fine effort on the Knavesmire on Saturday.

The filly has earned a crack at the Group Two after she put up a good performance to finish second behind Kevin Ryan’s highly-rated newcomer Flaming Spear.

“She’ll go for the Lowther now. We were pleased with her on Saturday,” Paul Blockley, partner and assistant to trainer Jo Hughes said.

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