Abbaye option for Cay Verde
Juvenile could surprise at season's end
Last Updated: September 12, 2012 10:51am
Cay Verde: Could surprise people late in the season
Mick Channon has revealed that an audacious tilt at the Prix de l'Abbaye could be on the agenda for Tuesday's French Group Three winner Cay Verde.
The juvenile had been placed in two Group races and also won a Listed event at the Curragh before bolting up by four and a half lengths in the Prix d'Arenberg at Chantilly.
A late downpour in the Paris region left connections concerned and the trainer told www.mickchannon.tv: "When the rain came I had my head in my hands, but it wasn't bottomless and I know he's improving by the day. Seriously, he's one of our improvers.
"Martin (Harley) said that he didn't mind the ground and he thinks the world of him.
"We all do really - he's a smashing horse to train because he's been a proper professional from day one."
Cay Verde was acquired by Sheikh Fahad's poweful Qatar operation in June and Channon said: "Qatar Bloodstock and (racing manager) David Redvers might have their faith repayed and I'll speak with them before we confirm our targets, but I wouldn't be worried about him taking on the best.
"The Middle Park and the Abbaye might be considered because I think he might surprise a few people towards the back end this one."