Last year’s Irish Derby and Irish Champion Stakes winner Cape Blanco could make his American debut after the colt was left in Saturday’s Man O War Stakes at Belmont Park.
The son of Galileo, who a majority share was sold to Mr and Mrs Fitri Hay at the beginning of this season has so far failed to reach the heights this season that he reached last season. Having just been touched off in the Dubai World Cup at Meydan in March Cape Blanco has since finished down the field in both the Prix Ganay at Longchamp and most recently the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot where he finished far behind Goldikova and Canford Cliffs.
He has also suffered from the sheer depth of middle distance horses that are in training at Ballydoyle this season. Along with Irish Derby winner Treasure Beach Ballydoyle also house Coronation Cup winner St Nicholas Abbey and Tattersalls Gold Cup and Coral Eclipse winner So You Think.
The Man O War worth roughly $600.000 will be a chance for Cape Blanco to recapture his three year old form and improve the record that Aidan O’Brien has had in recent American races where his horse Master Of Hounds failed to sparkle in the Triple Crown races.