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Royal Ascot set to be next stop for classy Caravaggio

Royal Ascot is firmly on the agenda for Caravaggio after he came with a rattling run to maintain his unbeaten record in the Cold Move EBF Marble Hill Stakes at the Curragh.

The pace-setting Mister Trader held a good lead with a furlong to go but once Ryan Moore rousted the Aidan O'Brien-trained colt, Caravaggio set out his business in pleasing style.

The highly-regarded 4-7 favourite, who made a winning debut at Dundalk five weeks ago, asserted in the last half-furlong to win cosily by two and a quarter lengths.

Mister Trader was four and a quarter lengths clear of Ambiguity in third.

O'Brien said: "He's not a soft ground horse, so I'm very happy with that. That's his first run on grass and he will have learned a lot today. Ryan gave him a lovely ride.

"To break a minute up here on fast ground is very good so to do what he did today on soft ground (1m 02.22sec), getting close to heavy, is a serious time. It worked out lovely, he got a lead, which we were worried that he might not, and if you see when he changed (legs) he went halfway across the track. That's a real sign of greenness.

"We'll have to decide which race to go for at Royal Ascot (the Coventry or the Norfolk), but I think he will get six furlongs."

Moore said: "I'm very happy with him. He's a big baby of a horse, he's done it very smoothly and I'm sure he has a nice future. Aidan will get him back home, see how he is and take it from there."

Caravaggio is 3-1 (from 8-1) for the Coventry Stakes with RaceBets and the same price for the Norfolk.


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