Olympiad Ces bid in doubt
Market leader could miss autumn showpiece
Last Updated: September 5, 2012 2:33pm
Motivado: One of the co-favourites for the Cesarewitch
Connections have warned that Olympiad, one of three 10-1 co-favourites with the sponsors, is far from certain to run in the Betfred Cesarewitch at Newmarket.
Dermot Weld's charge tops the market alongside I Have A Sream and Motivado having won a two-mile handicap at the York Ebor Festival on his latest start.
However Barry Simpson, racing manager to owner Sir Robert Ogden, would advise his would-be supporters to hang fire on backing the four-year-old.
He said: "It's nothing more than an entry at the moment as Olympiad does have the choice of a Listed race in Ireland which we will give consideration to as well. He will only have one more run this season so it's just a question of where we really want to go with him but he is a possible for the Betfred Cesarewitch.
"He has been in great form since his win at York and we have been very happy with him. He is a big horse and he has taken his time getting there but he has refined down into a lovely individual.
"It's interesting on pedigree because he is related to an Irish 1,000 Guineas winner so you wouldn't think two miles will be his trip.
"I wasn't surprised by how well he did it at York because we knew he was a horse with talent, but it's like all these things, having talent at home and doing it on the racecourse are two different things.
"I think he will get the two and a quarter miles at Newmarket as once you have won at two miles and are running over those sort of trips, stamina isn't normally a problem.
"I don't think ground is an issue with him. He probably wouldn't want to run on extremes but he won on fast ground at York and ran well on very soft ground at Galway under a big weight."
Other leading entries include David Simcock's Ascot handicap scorer Montaser (7st 11lb) and David Lanigan's Melrose Handicap runner-up Biographer, who has been allotted 8st 1lb.
Ed Dunlop's talented four-year-old Romeo Montague (8st 7lb) was a winner at Ascot over two miles in July before slipping up in the Goodwood Stakes, which was won by Mark Johnston's Hurricane Higgins (8st 13lb).
Godolphin's Whispering Gallery will carry top weight of 9st 10lb, while last year's winner Never Can Tell has been given 8st 11lb, the same weight she carried to victory 12 months ago.