Gleneagles: last ran at Royal Ascot in JunePICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos)
Gleneagles could return to Ascot next weekend
THE participation of this season's 2,000 Guineas and Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Gleneagles in a Group 1 has been an ongoing saga since Royal Ascot, but connections are hopeful racegoers will be able to see him back in action next weekend.
Having followed up his Classic wins in the St James's Palace Stakes, the ground was repeatedly deemed to be unsuitable for the colt through the summer, with potential runs in the Sussex Stakes, Juddmonte International and the Irish Champion Stakes all aborted.
However, trainer Aidan O'Brien is hopeful of running Gleneagles in next Saturday's Qipco-backed Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, with the usual caveat that the ground needs to be acceptable.
"We'd look forward to it"
The trainer said: "Hopefully if the forecast is right and the week is good and he's well through the middle of the week, there's every chance (he will run) and we'd look forward to it.
"It's been hard on him as he's been peaked three or four times and hasn't got to run, but he seems in good form."
Found could make quick turnaround
O'Brien may also send Found to Ascot, despite her racing at the start of the month in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
A length behind Arc winner Golden Horn in the Irish Champion at Leopardstown, Found was unable to get closer at Longchamp, finishing ninth beaten five lengths.
But she suffered interference and was not given a hard time when beaten. She has the options of the Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes and Champion Stakes.
O'Brien added: "It's possible she could go to Ascot.
"She's in good form and came out of the Arc well. She didn't have much of a race really - she went to the line on the bridle.
"She'll do a couple of bits of work this week and if everybody's happy, she might go to Ascot next weekend."