Sir Gerry team in Sprint Cup rethink
SIR GERRY on Sunday emerged as a possible contender for the re-routed Ladbrokes Sprint Cup at Doncaster on Saturday.
However, Kingsgate Native, who would not have run at Haydock had the Betfred Sprint Cup taken place on Saturday, will not be considered for the race.
An original entry for the Group 1 race, Sir Gerry was not among the five-day delcarations last Monday, but connections now intend having a more serious look at the race when it re-opens today.
Sir Gerry finished third behind Marchand D'Or in the Prix du Gros-Chene and filled the same position in the Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot, before disappointing in the July Cup.
Owner Gerry Galligan and trainer James Fanshawe were considering a return to Ascot for the Group 2 Diadem Stakes before a crack at the Breeders' Cup, but the rescheduling of the Sprint Cup has introduced another option.
"Sir Gerry will be added to the Sprint Cup entries," said Galligan on Sunday.
"He had a break and his next target was going to be the Diadem on September 28 as the original Sprint Cup came a little soon, but he worked well on Saturday and we'll leave him in and make a decision on Thursday."
Ancien Regime, another who was set to bypass Haydock, could be re-entered, although trainer Michael Jarvis will not run him unless the ground quickened significantly.
"If it dried up a bit at Doncaster he could be a possibility, but the way it is going at the moment, it looks doubtful he will run," Jarvis said.
Kingsgate Native was pulled out of the Sprint Cup because he had been stiff since contesting the Nunthorpe Stakes and, although he has now recovered, he will be trained for the Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp.
"We'll aim him at the Abbaye," said trainer John Best yesterday. "He seems fine now, but I wouldn't re-enter him for the Sprint Cup."
Marchand D'Or will not be entered for the race either, his trainer Freddie Headsaid on Sundday, with connections aiming the July Cup and Prix Maurice de Gheest winner at the Prix de l'Abbaye.