The Aidan O’Brien-trained Caravaggio is still on course for a tilt at the Poule D’Essai des Poulains at Deauville on May 14.

The speedster looked set to join warm favourite Churchill in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on Saturday but was not declared for the race by Ballydoyle handler O’Brien.

Unbeaten in four career starts, the son of Scat Daddy was successful at Dundalk on his debut in April before stepping up to pattern company with aplomb in May when landing a Listed event at the Curragh.

Aidan O’Brien’s charge followed that up with a two and a quarter-length victory at Royal Ascot in the Group Two Coventry Stakes, his first start over six furlongs.

The US-bred gelding’s season culminated with a decisive four length success in the Group One Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh in August, slamming his rivals by displaying his now renowned electric turn of foot and in the process justifying odds of 1/8.

O’Brien’s charge suffered a slight injury, a pulled muscle, as he was being prepared for Newmarket’s Group One Middle Park States that prevented him running again, but the Ballydoyle handler is looking forward to getting the three-year-old back on the track and he looks sure to have a good chance in that event if seeing out the mile trip.

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O’Brien said:

We always had our eye on the French race with him and his big works are going to be this weekend. He’s going to do plenty this week and then we’ll see how we are going. We know that he can go sprinting anytime. He’s not short of pace.

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