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Monday 21 August 2017

Caravaggio ready for winning picture

After winning at Royal Ascot for the second year in succession with victory in the Commonwealth Cup, the Aidan O’Brien-trained speed machine suffered the first defeat of his career last time out when finishing fourth in the July Cup at Newmarket. Photo: Racing Post
After winning at Royal Ascot for the second year in succession with victory in the Commonwealth Cup, the Aidan O’Brien-trained speed machine suffered the first defeat of his career last time out when finishing fourth in the July Cup at Newmarket. Photo: Racing Post

Caravaggio is reported to be in good order ahead of his attempt to bounce back to winning ways in the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville tomorrow.

After winning at Royal Ascot for the second year in succession with victory in the Commonwealth Cup, the Aidan O'Brien-trained speed machine suffered the first defeat of his career last time out when finishing fourth in the July Cup at Newmarket.

Despite the son of Scat Daddy, who is one of two runners for the Ballydoyle handler in the six-and-a-half-furlong Group One alongside Intelligence Cross, having his colours lowered last time out, connections are looking forward to seeing him back in action.

"Caravaggio is in very good form and has been since his run last time at Newmarket. We are looking forward to running him and Intelligence Cross at Deauville," said Kevin Buckley, Coolmore's UK representative.

Although Bound For Nowhere proved to be no match for Caravaggio at Royal Ascot when finishing back in fourth, his trainer Wesley Ward is confident of a big run.

Ward said: "It's always tough when you are running against a horse like Caravaggio but my horse is ready to run the race of his life.

"Hopefully that is good enough to beat Caravaggio but if not I will take my hat off to him as he is a champion."

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