Having won the Abernant Stakes in early June, Teal elected to sidestep Royal Ascot in favour of waiting for Saturday’s Group One feature on the July Course – and it proved an excellent decision, with Oxted powering clear of his rivals in the hands of Cieren Fallon.
In the immediate aftermath, the Lambourn-based trainer mentioned the Sprint Cup at Haydock and the Prix Maurice de Gheest in France as potential targets – but on Sunday morning the Nunthorpe entered the equation, with Teal confident a drop from six to five furlongs would not inconvenience his stable star.
Speaking on Racing TV’s breakfast programme, the trainer said: “Oxted is grand (this morning) – absolutely fine. He’s been out for a pick of grass and seems great, so we’re very happy.
“The pace he showed yesterday – he travelled so strong – you could possibly have a punt at the Nunthorpe, I think. He is a strong galloper and has that cruising speed that takes him into the race.
“I guess it would be worth a shot, maybe, but I have to speak to the owners. We’ll get our heads together and see what happens.”
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