Circus Maximus is provided with various options with Coral-Eclipse at Sandown and the Qatar Sussex Stakes at Goodwood which are among the choices of the saddler after launching his Ascot heroics.
The Aidan O’Brien-trained colt is a champion of the Dee Stakes for an extended 10 furlongs at Chester, it also ran during the Investec Derby in which he landed sixth after its stablemate, Anthony Van Dyck.
The event came off as a surprise as the name of the horse became included in the supplementary entries just in time for the St James’s Palace Stakes through a mile – however, the decision was inspired after holding off King Of Comedy’s late challenge.
Eclipse and Sussex have shown great versatility as far as trips are concerned with their 10 furlongs which is why there is an unlikely chance for a problem to take place.
On an interview, Alan Cooper, Niarchos family racing manager who also owns the colt through Flaxman Stables banner in collaboration with Coolmore commented that when Aidan initially mentioned the race, he thought ‘why not’ for Duntle, his dam, has always been a good miler and Galileo has always been a champion for every distance.
The trainer had spoken to Aidan, but he was aware that to talk about their definitive plans would have to be a little too soon. However, they believe that Eclipse and Sussex Stakes are feasible targets for the match.
Hence, he said that it is not possible to make statements yet. Though he is not discrediting the fact that the horse ran a strong race the previous season so they will give him as long as possible prior to deciding where he goes next.
To conclude, he said:
“Duntle was a dual winner at the Royal meeting and it would be ideal in the future if there are sons and daughters of Circus Maximus running there.”