Roger Teal has determined towards a bid for Gold Cup glory at Royal Ascot subsequent week with steady star Ocean Wind.
The five-year-old established himself as a official contender for the two-and-a-half-mile showpiece when pushing triple Gold Cup hero Stradivarius shut in Ascot’s Sagaro Stakes on the finish of April.
On the energy of that type, Ocean Wind was a sizzling favorite to assert Group Three honours in final month’s Henry II Stakes at Sandown, however completed a well-beaten third behind Henry de Bromhead’s Irish raider Lismore.
Teal doesn’t really feel snug concerning the prospect of operating within the Gold Cup following such a below-par efficiency and can as a substitute give his cost time to recuperate earlier than a possible outing within the Goodwood Cup later in the summertime.
“He underperformed at Sandown, so we wish to freshen him up and we’ll put him away for Goodwood,” stated the Lambourn coach.
“You could not go to Ascot and take Stradivarius on off the again of that run. His bloods had been mistaken afterwards, and I feel that was in all probability due to the stress of the race – it was on very testing, gluey floor.
“He did not look comfortable from an early stage of the race. He is gone on comfortable floor, nevertheless it was in all probability too cheesy for him on the day.
“I’ve had a chat with the proprietor, and we expect (lacking Ascot) is the very best factor to do.”
In Ocean Wind’s absence, top-class sprinter Oxted will probably be Teal’s solely runner at this yr’s Royal assembly.
Final season’s July Cup hero is about to drop to 5 furlongs for the King’s Stand Stakes on Tuesday.
Teal added: “Oxted is in good type, so we have nonetheless received one to go there, which is sweet.
“Ocean Wind was going to be quantity two, and we had been hoping to run Whenthedealinsdone within the Commonwealth Cup – however he was too randy at Newbury final time, so he is had a bit (gelding) operation! He was simply doing his racing within the paddock, considering of different issues.
“Oxted is an efficient bullet to fireside. We’ll have to verify it is good and glossy for subsequent week!”