Guineas bid in doubt as Swiss Storm misses Greenham
Swiss Storm is not certain to make the Qipco 2,000 Guineas after trainer David Elsworth said he had decided to bypass the JLT Greenham Stakes with the son of Frankel because he had not been pleasing him.
Elsworth would not rule out the Newmarket Classic for the colt, who is jointly owned by Lordship Stud and Godolphin, but suggested the Betfred Dante Stakes at York on May 18 might be a realistic alternative if he does not come to hand in time.
Swiss Storm, who is 20-1 for the 2,000 Guineas, entered the Classic reckoning with a powerful winning performance in a Newbury maiden last September, after which Elsworth sold his stake in him to Godolphin. The trainer had him earmarked for a return to Newbury for Saturday's Classic trial but did not declare him.
"He's okay, but he's not really pleasing me," said Elsworth. "He hasn't arrived yet, and it's very frustrating because he's a three-year-old with enormous potential. With a horse like that you want to exploit that potential and the Guineas is the well-trodden path.
"There's nothing wrong with him. He looks well, has been working satisfactorily, but he's not as we'd like him."
Elsworth added: "The Guineas isn't out of the question. We wouldn't jump ship yet, but there's the Dante at York which might be a more realistic time."