Joseph O’Brien reveals Juddmonte International preference for Latrobe

Tue 14 Aug 2018

Irish Derby winner Latrobe is all set for the Juddmonte International at York on Wednesday week.

Joseph O’Brien’s shock Classic hero also has the option of the Great Voltigeur Stakes over a mile and a half, but the trainer said: “It’s more than likely the Juddmonte at this stage, and then after that we’ll make a plan for the rest of the season.

“York is the immediate plan. We’re going to go there, more than likely to the Juddmonte but he does have the option of the Voltigeur.”

Speaking at the launch of the Longines Irish Champion Weekend, O’Brien added: “Obviously being owned by Lloyd and Nick Williams, Australia (Melbourne Cup) is an option as well.

“If he was run on Irish Champions Weekend it would be the Irish Champion Stakes.”

O’Brien’s father, Aidan, is set to run 2000 Guineas winner Saxon Warrior, who is on something of a retrieval mission.

His stock has been on the wane since Newmarket, with defeats in the Derby, the Irish Derby and the Eclipse.

O’Brien said: “If everything goes well he’ll start back at York.

“That’s what we’re thinking at the moment.”

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Poet’s Word booked his ticket for York with a gallop at the weekend.

Bruce Raymond, racing manager to owner Saeed Suhail, said: “Poet’s Word worked very well on Sunday morning.

“He worked on the all-weather, which he has done most of his work on.

“He just had a nice breeze and that was good. Michael was very happy with him and he is on schedule to run at York.

“A mile and a quarter, a mile and a half – it’s the same for him.”

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