Simcock eyes Aussie prize for Light Infantry as Appleby reflects on Coroebus run

Light Infantry (far right): will head to Australia after a strong showing in the Prix Jacques le Marois
Light Infantry (far right): will head to Australia after a strong showing in the Prix Jacques le MaroisCredit: Edward Whitaker

Light Infantry will be sent on an ambitious trip to Australia later this year by trainer David Simcock following his stable star's narrow defeat in the Prix Jacques le Marois behind Inspiral.

The son of Fast Company outran his odds of 22-1 to be beaten only a neck and Simcock is eyeing up a tilt at the A$10 million Golden Eagle at Rosehill on October 29.

Simcock said: "I'm very pleased, the horse has done everything right. They went a good gallop, which he hasn't had yet, and he settled well so I couldn't be happier. w

"He'll head down to Australia now and run in the Golden Eagle in Sydney. The plan will then be to bring him back to Europe and race on next year."

Charlie Appleby said he had no excuses for 2,000 Guineas and St James's Palace Stakes winner Coroebus's lacklustre effort when finishing fifth of nine.

Coroebus (William Buick) wins the St James's Palace StakesRoyal Ascot 14.6.22 Pic: Edward Whitaker
Coroebus: disappointed at Deauville on SundayCredit: Edward Whitaker

"He had a good trip and we’re obviously a bit disappointed," Appleby said. "The horse was well before the race and he seems fine afterwards. I can’t blame the ground either. We were hoping for a better finishing position and the result isn’t up to what we were expecting."

Prince of Wales's Stakes winner State Of Rest also disappointed in eighth and will be stepped back up in trip after failing to handle the mile, according to jockey Shane Crosse.

"He travelled well and had the pace," said Crosse, "but he was just taken off his feet mid-race. We’ll get him back to ten furlongs and we’ll be fine."

The Jean-Claude Rouget-trained Erevann finished a narrow third and the trainer forecast he will be even better as a four-year-old next year, with a tilt at the Prix Daniel Wildenstein at Longchamp on Arc weekend lined up next.

"He’s a fantastic colt. For a moment I believed he was going to do it," Rouget said. "He’s not as race-hardened as you need to be for this type of race and is still quite raw. I don’t think he’ll run too much more this year. One thing is for sure, he has a big career ahead of him."

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