Morpheus: could make his US debut on Polytrack at KeenelandPICTURE: Lewis Porteous
New team mull plans
for 'talented' Morpheus
USA: Connections of Morpheus, a half-brother to the brilliant Frankel whose debut in the States was delayed last week, hope he will be able to have his first start for new trainer Bill Mott in the near future.
Morpheus, formerly trained by Sir Henry Cecil and then his wife Jane, is still owned by Khalid Abdullah, but was transferred to Mott over the winter.
He won three times in Britain from eight starts and while not matching the achievements of his illustrious sibling - who was unbeaten in 14 races and was world champion twice - there are hopes the son of Oasis Dream can progress into a Pattern performer.
A minor cut on a hock ruled him out of a race at Keeneland on Thursday and Garrett O'Rourke, manager of Abdullah's Juddmonte operation in the States, said: "We're trying to make a plan for him at the moment.
"Obviously, he's a very well-bred horse and there's been a lot of scrutiny on him because of his pedigree. Last year he ran some nice races. The horse has some talent, and we thought we'd bring him over here to see if running on the firmer tracks might make a difference to him."
A 1m½f race on Keeneland's Polytrack surface could be next.
"There's no rush with him," O'Rourke added. "I hope he gets to the graded-stakes level, and we have some fun with him this year."