Music stops for Swiss Storm as he misses 2,000 Guineas
Swiss Storm was yesterday taken out of the Qipco 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket on Saturday week after failing to come to hand in time.
The promising Frankel colt, who was a general 16-1 chance for the first Classic of the season, was forced to miss his intended trial at Newbury last weekend.
Part-owned by Godolphin, Swiss Storm was not among the 19 names that went forward for the 2,000 Guineas which included the unbeaten Churchill. One of six entries for Aidan O'Brien, the Dewhurst Stakes winner was eased to 13-8 (from 6-4) by Boylesports who report support for Greenham Stakes winner Barney Roy into 4-1 (from 9-2).
Trainer David Elsworth, who had high hopes of Swiss Storm after he won his maiden at Newbury last September, said: "Swiss Storm is not running in the 2,000 Guineas as I'm not satisfied with his preparation and you can't dance without music.
"We've lost a battle, not the war and until he shows me what I know he is capable of at home he won't be running in anything. He has entries later but no specific targets as such."
O'Brien, who is chasing a record eighth win in the 2,000 Guineas, is also well represented in the following day's Qipco 1,000 Guineas with ante-post favourite Rhodedendron heading seven possibles from Ballydoyle.
Among the other O'Brien contenders are Hydrangea and Winter, who finished first and second in the Group 3 1,000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown this month.