Caravaggio in hunt for France

Caravaggio: So impressive in last year's Coventry

Caravaggio is one of five possible runners for Aidan O'Brien after 17 colts stood their ground for the French 2000 Guineas at Deauville on Sunday.

The master of Ballydoyle landed both the 2000 Guineas with Churchill and the 1000 Guineas with Winter at Newmarket last weekend and looks set to send a formidable team to France in a bid to add to his Classic tally.

Caravaggio won each of his four starts as a juvenile, including impressive displays in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot and the National Stakes at the Curragh.

O'Brien's other four contenders for the Poule d'Essai des Poulains after the first forfeit stage are Orderofthegarter, Taj Mahal, Whitecliffsofdover and Peace Envoy.

Saeed bin Suroor's Leshlaa and the Charlie Appleby-trained Salsabeel could both travel from Britain to represent Godolphin.

The other potential challengers from this side of the Channel are Richard Hannon's The Grape Escape, South Seas from Andrew Balding's stable and the William Haggas-trained Rivet, who was runner-up to Eminent on his Craven Stakes reappearance.

The home team includes Criquette Head-Maarek's National Defense, who was a Group One winner as a juvenile and was runner-up to 2000 Guineas third Al Wukair in the Prix Djebel at Maisons-Laffitte.

The field for the French 1000 Guineas – the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches – was reduced to 20 following the second forfeit stage on Tuesday.

The four horses removed were O'Brien's Asking, Hannon's Promising, Lady Frankel and Sri Prada.

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