Pique possible for Plate bid
Last Updated: 22/06/14 12:25pm
Pique Sous: Plate possible
Royal Ascot hero Pique Sous is "very likely" to turn out quickly for the John Smith's Northumberland Plate at Newcastle on Saturday.
The seven-year-old came close to losing his life last autumn after suffering a severe bout of colic, but showed he is better than ever with a brilliant display in the Queen Alexandra Stakes in the hands of Ryan Moore.
The grey is now safely back at champion trainer Willie Mullins' County Carlow base, but is likely to be heading back across the Irish Sea later this week.
Steve Massey, racing manager for the owners Supreme Horse Racing, said: "The horse caught the ferry back to Ireland last night and is grand and fine back at Willie's this morning.
"I spoke to Willie and Ryan about the Northumberland Plate yesterday, Ryan was keen and if the horse is all right come Tuesday and the ground is suitable, I think it's very likely he'll run.
"He gets in with a 5lb penalty. He was rated 96 going into yesterday and I'd say he'll go up at least 10lb, so he'll be well-in.
"I thought Ryan gave him a fantastic ride as he pulled hard in the early stages. I think the two and three-quarter miles he faced yesterday is the top end of his limit and I actually think he can improve going back to two miles.
"He travels so well in his races and has some kick. The time was quicker than Simenon's when he won the race two years ago.
"I don't think he'll jump a hurdle again. We'll be concentrating on the Flat from now on."
The triumph caps a memorable few months for the burgeoning Supreme Horse Racing Club, following the victory of Very Much So in the Goffs Land Rover Bumper at the Punchestown Festival, with Massey admitting he is on cloud nine.
"You always hope they will run well and we thought he had a really good chance yesterday, but to go and see him do it was fantastic and it was just an amazing day," he said.
"The club is less than three years old and we've had a Punchestown Festival winner and a Royal Ascot winner in the space of a few months. It's incredible and all credit to Willie, who is a master of his trade.
"It's fantastic for everyone involved. Even the club members who aren't involved with Pique Sous are buzzing and we've already had new interest this morning.
"We had a lot of owners there yesterday and I'm told some of them were still in Ascot's car park two at 10pm. I think it's safe to say everyone had a good day and night!"