Universal may miss raid on Baden-Baden showpiece
Last Updated: 28/08/13 4:31pm
Universal: Could head straight to Irish Leger
Universal may skip the Grosser Preis von Baden at Baden-Baden on Sunday and instead wait for the Irish St Leger at the Curragh on September 15.
Connections have concerns about the ground in Germany, as well as the likely presence of King George winner Novellist in the Group One.
The feeling is that the five-year-old, trained by Mark Johnston, would struggle to reverse Ascot placings with Novellist, who had him beaten nine lengths in fifth place.
"We've declared him this morning but we may take him out tomorrow. We can scratch him tomorrow without a penalty," said Bruce Raymond, racing manager to owner Abdulla Al Mansoori.
"We'll have another look in the morning. We are cautious of the ground because it's on the soft side. We will discuss it with the owner, but we may miss this race and go for the Irish St Leger.
"It looks like it would be very difficult for us to beat Novellist on Ascot form.
"Universal has been a great horse for us this year and the Irish St Leger would be an ideal race for him, provided the weather holds.
"I'm not saying he won't go on soft, but he's definitely better on a sound surface."
There could be a second British-trained possible in Germany as the Godolphin-owned Kassiano, from Saeed bin Suroor's stable, still holds an entry.