Caravaggio powers to Naas win

Caravaggio showed an impressive turn of foot to make a winning seasonal reappearance in the EMS Copiers Lacken Stakes at Naas.

Unbeaten in four starts as a juvenile, the Aidan O’Brien-trained Scat Daddy colt boosted his claims for the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot – where he won the Coventry Stakes last season – in taking fashion.

Gorane set a good pace, but it teed the race up for the finishers, with Ryan Moore moving Caravaggio out from behind Psychedelic Funk to make his bid.

The 8-15 favourite shot clear in the final furlong to win the Group Three heat by four and three-quarter lengths from Psychedelic Funk, despite being off the track for 287 days.

O’Brien said of Caravaggio, who was sticking at sprint trips rather than try a mile in a 2000 Guineas: “He’s an unbelievably quick horse. We said that we would come here and if everything went well we would go to Ascot for the Commonwealth Cup.

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“I’ve never seen a quicker horse and that’s why we went this way with him. He’s showed nothing to say he wouldn’t get a mile.

“We worked him seven furlongs and the petrol gauge never shifted, but I was afraid that he was so quick that it would be the wrong thing to do.

“We could train him for a mile and go back, but we didn’t want to lose the brilliance.

“He was carrying plenty and was a good bit above what he was last year. A long way above. You couldn’t be happier.”

Bookmakers reacted with Betfair cutting Caravaggio to 6-4 from 5-2 for the Commonwealth Cup.

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