Epsom Derby hero Adayar will not appear in the planned Coronation Cup season after a minor setback, instead heading to the Prince of Wales Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The 2021 Derby and King George winner was due to return 12 stages to Epsom but will now travel back on a 10-stage trip to the Prince of Wales royal meeting, which was won by Aidan O’Brien Love last year.
It came after word got out that the four-year-old had a bit of a setback and sizzling coach Charlie Appleby admitted he wouldn’t be ready to race in just over two weeks.
“Adayar, who was a scheduled runner a few months ago, had a mild setback and was coughing for days,” manager Moulton Paddocks said.
“I just released him for a week, and at the same time he often came for a week. We’ll probably miss out on crown glory just in terms of fitness, I won’t get to it in time.
“Adayar will most likely go to the Prince of Wales. [at Royal Ascot] for the first start of his four-year career.”
Team Appleby will have a competent assistant for Group 2 race winner Manobo, who last finished second in the Dubai Gold Cup, returning from Epsom for a Group 1 trip.
“Manobo was last seen finishing second at the Dubai Gold Cup and we always thought we wanted to bring him back a mile and a half,” Appleby added.
“His preparation for Le Sacre went very well, we worked on him this morning and he did very well.
“He is definitely a candidate for the coronation.”
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Defending champion Pyledriver will take part in the race, with coach William Muir giving a positive update on his stable star ahead of his Coronation Cup defense on June 3rd.
The combination of Muir and Chris Grassick took their first Group 1 win when they pinned Al Aasi in the 12-stadium competition in 2021, but a mid-season injury sidelined them until he won the Churchill Stakes at Lingfield in November.
He was only denied length in a vase from Hong Kong in December, and despite a disappointing trip to Saudi Arabia in January, he returned to his best when he bravely defeated the Dubai Sheema Classic, losing length for the fourth straight to less than ideal. passing through the final stages.
Muir is now set on bringing the five-year-old boy back to Epsom and is very pleased with the signs he sees from his horse.
“He is in good shape, he left for Newbury (for work) on Sunday and I was as happy as can be. I was excited about it because he took a break and then came back and just showed that he is exactly the same as he was before the other races throughout the winter, ”said Muir.
“He has looked great the last few days and now we have to get through the next two weeks and we will have a great chance. With a racehorse, things can change from day to day, but at the moment he is in good shape.
“He was a superstar in his own right and never lets you down. That year he ran fast dirt in Hong Kong, fast dirt in Dubai, very soft dirt in Epsom so you never have to worry about the dirt as he seems to handle it all. “
He’s in great shape. I took him to Newbury with me on Sunday, he was there and worked well, and just because I know where he is and I know what he is doing, that’s why I’m really excited, not because he beat any world speed records.
“He just did what I wanted to see, like Dubai and Hong Kong, he just seems to be in that kind of place.”