I said there would be a decision 10 days after the Volitgeur, and I'm sticking to that." O'Brien's Circus Maximus
will revert to a mile after his seventh to Japan in York's Juddmonte International, with the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on Ascot's British Champions Day card on October 19 a likely target.
THE Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot is among options under consideration for Circus Maximus
after his stamina limitations were apparently exposed in last week's Juddmonte International at York.
That's a talented trio whichever way you look at it, while Circus Maximus
and Lord Glitters are by no means out of it.
The former garden centre that would have hosted the new McDonald's is located between the baths and the ancient Aurelian walls, a few hundred metres (yards) away from the Coliseum and the Circus Maximus
The bookmakers have CIRCUS MAXIMUS
in as Too Darn Hot's biggest threat and it's easy to see why, as Aidan O'Brien's contender beat today's favourite in the St James's Palace Stakes at the Royal meeting.
A close third to Circus Maximus
at Royal Ascot was much more like it, and further evidence too - so the Gosden thesis goes - that an easier mile, or something a little shorter, is his trip.
This sharp mile should be ideal for the three-year-old who, under Frankie Dettori, can exact his revenge on old foe Circus Maximus
showed his adaptability when dropping back in trip to land the St James's Palace Stakes.
(10-1) held on to cause a bit of an upset in the St James's Palace Stakes on the opening day of Royal Ascot 2019.
Summary: Royal Meeting off to a rousing start with surprise wins by Lord Glitters, Circus Maximus
Seamie Heffernan is the quiet man of Ballydoyle, but he collected a two day suspension for crossing the line of Circus Maximus
.Seamie is actually known as the best back-up rider in Turf history.
Of O'Brien's other runners, Circus Maximus
also won his Chester trial impressively and could be attractive for punters looking for something at an each-way price.