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 legit 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 power of that type, Ocean Wind was a scorching favorite to say 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 get well earlier than a probable outing within the Goodwood Cup later in the summertime.
“He underperformed at Sandown, so we need 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 have been flawed afterwards, and I believe that was most likely 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, however it was most likely too cheesy for him on the day.
“I’ve had a chat with the proprietor, and we predict (lacking Ascot) is one of the 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 ready 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 good.
“Ocean Wind was going to be quantity two, and we have been hoping to run Whenthedealinsdone within the Commonwealth Cup – however he was too randy at Newbury final time, so he is had somewhat (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 ensure it is good and glossy for subsequent week!”