The Grey Gatsby: heading back to France on the weekendPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
The Grey Gatsby ready for Longchamp date
KEVIN RYAN believes The Grey Gatsby will have no problems stepping up in trip when he tackles 1m4f for the first time in Sunday's Group 1 Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp.
The son of Mastercraftsman was an impressive winner of the French Derby on his most recent start and having finished well that day, as was the case in his previous start when winning the Dante Stakes, Ryan has few worries about the slightly longer distance.
"He is an intended runner." the trainer told At the Races. "He had a little break down the National Stud after his last run and he got fresh very quickly and we just felt it was too long to leave him between that run and York [for the Juddmonte International Stakes] and he was already in this race.
"He wasn't stopping [in the French Derby] that's for sure and it was a hands and heels ride, so I think there's a very good chance he will get the mile and a half."
A tilt at his elders over 1m2f in the Juddmonte International Stakes on August 20 will be next on the agenda for The Grey Gatsby after the weekend and Ryan added: "He's a horse who has proved himself now. He's a horse to be reckoned with."
Grand Prix de Paris
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