“He won’t mind good ground. I don’t think it will get quick, but if they have a drop of rain, that is grand and will be fine.

“There is nothing I can do about the field. Nobody wants to see a three-horse race and it is a shame.

“You get good sponsorship and prize-money, but we have to have a route for these top horses to take them to the top races.

“The last thing I’m going to say is bring it back to handicap as these Grade 1 and Grade 2 races are the Pattern and you have to give these horses a route.

“If they are going to cut up like this, it is a pity.

“We have slightly changed our plan this year – going to the Tingle Creek and the Desert Orchid, then coming here.

“We thought we would let him have three runs, freshen him up and let him come back into Cheltenham with a view to doing something afterwards.

“He was electric around Kempton. I know he didn’t beat the world that day, but he was pretty flawless.

“He is staying at two miles for the time being and if you finish up with that record intact you would have to think about what everyone wants us to do and think about the King George, but let’s get through this season.

“The King George is the obvious place to try three miles, I would say Aintree, but the owners are not particularly keen on that.

“They keep coming, but he keeps beating them. What more can he do?

“I want to see him stay unbeaten over fences, but I’m not wrapping him up in cotton wool as we are coming out three weeks after the Desert Orchid and we have had three really quite quick runs.”


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