Martyn Meade says July Cup next for Advertise before French tests

Mon 24 Jun 2019
 Advertise and Dettori return after winning at Royal Ascot (Focusonracing)
Advertise and Dettori return after winning at Royal Ascot (Focusonracing)

Advertise has Newmarket’s Darley July Cup on his agenda before targets in France later in the season.

Martyn Meade’s three-year-old bounced back from a disappointing run in the 2000 Guineas to win the Commonwealth Cup in clear-cut fashion at Royal Ascot last week.

Meade was irked by how quickly Advertise had been discounted after just one disappointing run, which came at a time just before he closed his yard for a month because of the general health of his string.

“He was going into the race written off,” said the Manton trainer.

“It’s amazing. He had one bad run in the Guineas – which clearly wasn’t him – and everybody thinks he isn’t what he was before.

“His two-year-old form was spectacular, a Group One winner, yet he barely got a look in on the day – but that’s life.”

There will be no Blue Point to try to conquer in the July Cup, after Monday’s announcement from Godolphin that their brilliant sprinter is retired to stud following his Royal Ascot double last week.

Mapping out Advertise’s programme, Meade added: “I think the vague idea at the moment is to think about the July Cup – then the Prix Maurice de Gheest over six and a half furlongs looks tailor-made for him, absolutely up his street.

“Then we’d like to end up in the Foret over seven. That’s what we’re thinking at the moment – I don’t think he’ll go back to a mile.

“As a Group One winner at two and three, he’s already booked his next career. Whatever he does now is a bonus.”

Advertise is a top-priced 5-1 for the July Cup.

Meanwhile, Australian sprinter Houtzen has been transferred to the care of Meade for the rest of this season.

The four-year-old, who switches from the yard of Toby Edmonds, blew her chance at the start of last week’s King’s Stand Stakes when she stumbled leaving the stalls.

Meade expects her to stay at five furlongs with the King George Stakes at Goodwood, won by Battaash for the past two years, her likely target.

“She’s a nice one to get. We’ve trained for the owners before, so she’s going to come here for the rest of this season,” said Meade.

“I think we’ll stick to five – the good sprint at Goodwood will be the plan.

“I’ll just have to assess how she is and see how she adapts to her new surroundings and then make a plan. She’ll arrive later this morning, so she’s not actually here as yet.

“It was unfortunate what happened in the King’s Stand. It was a long way to come for that to happen and over five furlongs, you simply can’t afford anything like that. It was so frustrating, of all the things.

“We’re very pleased to get her and hopefully she can put her best foot forward.”

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