Staying options open for Pique Sous
Last Updated: 01/06/14 4:14pm
Pique Sous (right): Back in good heart
The Northumberland Plate and a trip to Royal Ascot are under consideration for Pique Sous following his promising return to action at the Curragh.
Willie Mullins' talented dual-purpose performer came close to death after suffering a serious bout of colic following an impressive victory at Leopardstown last September, but thankfully made a full recovery.
He made his return to competitive action over a mile and a half on Irish Guineas weekend and after travelling strongly for a long way, he predictably tired in the closing stages and passed the post fifth.
Steve Massey, racing manager for owners the Supreme Horse Racing Club, is excited to see what the summer holds for the syndicate's flag bearer.
He said: "The ground didn't suit him and it was his first run since we almost lost him in October, so overall we were delighted and it's great to have him back.
"He had a wide draw, which meant Billy (Lee) had to use up a bit of a horse early on to get a good position and he just got tired, which is to be expected.
"We've given him an entry in the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle and then there are a few options at Royal Ascot.
"There's a 0-105 race over a mile and a half (King George V Stakes) and the two-mile-five-furlong race on the Saturday (Queen Alexandra Stakes).
"There's also the two-and-a-half-mile race on the Tuesday (Ascot Stakes), but that's a 0-95 race and he's rated 96 in Ireland, so we'll have to see what the British handicapper gives him.
"There are plenty of staying handicaps on both sides of the Irish Sea and we'll leave it up to the master trainer to decide where we go."