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Caravaggio Unlikely for Everest
Coolmore look resigned to being without top-class colt Caravaggio in the inaugural $10 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 14 October. The dual Gr1 winning sprinter was expected to represent slot holder Coolmore in what will be the world’ richest turf race, but his disappointing performance when sixth in the Gr1 Prix Maurice de Gheest has forced a rethink. “He came out of the race in France a bit flat and a bit sore, so he is going to need some time off, so he looks less likely than likely at this stage that he will be coming for The Everest,” Coolmore Australia’s sales, marketing and racing manager Sebastian Hutch told ANZ Bloodstock News. “It is disappointing because he is obviously an exceptional horse and he looked to have the perfect credentials to be competitive in the race. That is horse racing, you accept the highs with the lows, and we will see what the next six weeks brings and then make a decision.” Coolmore will instead monitor the progress of some its 3YOs which it has an interest in, including unbeaten colt Merchant Navy, Golden Slipper placegetter Tulip, and Blue Diamond Stakes placegetter Formality.