Chopin team ponder drop into lesser company after Newbury miss
Last Updated: 20/05/14 1:12pm
Andreas Wohler: Revising plans for Chopin
Andreas Wohler is planning to lower his sights with Chopin following a creditable effort in defeat in the Lockinge Stakes last Saturday.
The Qatar Racing-owned four-year-old was beaten just four and a half lengths into fourth in Newbury's Group One showpiece, but his German trainer believes his charge would have performed even better if conditions had not been so fast.
Wohler said: "He ran all right, but the ground didn't really suit him.
"He wasn't beaten far, but he was never travelling during the race and we know he is a better horse when there is more cut in the ground.
"He is entered at Royal Ascot (Queen Anne Stakes), but I doubt he will run there. I will probably try to find an easier race for him.
"He will probably have lots of entries to give us the best chance of finding some nice ground for him."
Although Chopin is unlikely to line up at Ascot next month, Wohler still hopes to be represented at the Royal meeting, with Altano a serious contender for the Gold Cup.
The eight-year-old was a close-up fifth in the two-and-a-half-mile contest last year and went on to clinch top-level honours in the Prix du Cadran at Longchamp.
He made a winning return to action in his homeland earlier this month and Wohler is looking forward to a return to Berkshire, but does fear the threat of Aidan O'Brien's likely favourite Leading Light.
"He is on course for the Gold Cup and had a very good first run (of the year) at Hoppegarten," said the trainer.
"Even though he had to carry a three-kilo penalty, he won very easily and only had to be pushed out hands and heels.
"I hope he will run well at Ascot, but I have to say I saw Leading Light win in Ireland the other day and he looked very impressive."