Coronation Cup: Adayar Misses Epsom Group One Due To Minor Setback; heads to the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot | racing news
Epsom Derby hero Adayar will not make his planned seasonal comeback in the Coronation Cup after a minor hiccup, but will instead head to the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The 2021 Derby and King George winner was expected to return in 12 furlongs at Epsom, but will now return in a 10 furlongs ride at the Royal Meeting at Prince of Wales’s, won last year by Aidan O’Brien’s Love.
This comes after news that the four-year-old colt had a bit of a setback, with red-hot trainer Charlie Appleby admitting he wouldn’t be ready to race for just over a fortnight.
“Adayar, who was an intended runner some months ago, encountered a minor setback and was coughing for a few days,” the Moulton Paddocks manager said.
“I just kind of chilled with him for a week and just doing it, he showed up a lot in the week. We’ll probably give Coronation a shot, just fitness wise, I won’t get him there in time.”
“Most likely, Adayar is heading towards the Prince of Wales’s Palace.” [at Royal Ascot] for the first start of his four-year career.
Appleby’s team will have a capable backup for the race in Group Two winner Manobo, who was last seen finishing second in the Dubai Gold Cup, moving back down the road for Epsom Group One.
“Manobo was last seen finishing second in the Dubai Gold Cup and we’ve always discussed that we wanted to drop him back at the mile and a half,” Appleby added.
“His preparation has gone very well for the Coronation, we have worked on it this morning and he has done very well.
“It’s definitely a scheduled corridor in the Coronation.”
Pyledriver ready for Coronation defense
Defending champion Pyledriver will ride in the race, with trainer William Muir providing a positive update on his stable star’s well-being ahead of his Coronation Cup defense on June 3.
The combo of Muir and Chris Grassick earned their first Group One win when they bravely stopped Al Aasy in the 12 furlongs contest in 2021, but a mid-season injury sidelined him until he won the Churchill Stakes at Lingfield. in November.
He was denied by just one length at the Hong Kong Vase in December and, despite a disappointing trip to Saudi Arabia in January, he was back to his best when he was brave in defeat at the Dubai Sheema Classic, beaten by a length in fourth place after a less than ideal. passage in the final stages.
Muir is now pointing the five-year-old towards a comeback at Epsom and couldn’t be happier with the signs he’s seeing on his horse.
“He’s in good shape, he went to Newbury (for work) on Sunday and I was as happy as I could be. I was delighted because he got a break and he’s back and he’s shown he’s exactly where he is.” It was before the other races of hers all winter,” Muir said.
“He’s looked really good in the last couple of days and now we’ve got to get through the next two weeks and we’ll have a great opportunity. Things can change with racehorses day to day, but at this current stage he’s in good shape.”
“He’s been a superstar in his own right and he never lets you down. He’s run fast in Hong Kong, fast in Dubai, very soft in Epsom the last few years that year, so you never have to worry about the terrain because he seems to handle anything. “
He’s in great shape, I took him to Newbury on Sunday, he put in laps and worked well and just because I know where he is and I know what he’s doing, that’s why I’m really excited, not because he broke ground. World speed records.
“He just did what he wanted to see, like in Dubai and Hong Kong, he seems to be in that kind of place.”