Cowell pair target Nunthorpe
Dual Group One scorer Goldream and Royal Ascot-winning stable companion Prince Of Lir both remain in contention for the Coolmore Nunthorpe at York on Friday week.
Prince Of Lir remains on course for the Nunthorpe
Goldream won both the King’s Stand and the Prix de l’Abbaye last season and ran a fine race on his return from a break when third in the King George Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
Norfolk Stakes hero Prince Of Lir subsequently disappointed in the Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte, but trainer Robert Cowell would be happy to let him take on his elders on the Knavesmire if he gets his favoured conditions.
“Prince Of Lir could well show up. I had a chat with the owner a couple of days ago about him and we’re keen to go all the way through to declaration stage and see what the ground is like,” said Cowell.
“He won’t show up if it’s good to firm ground, but he could show up if it’s good or softer.
“I’d put a line through his Papin form. It wasn’t him and he scoped a little bit dirty when we brought him back.
- Prince Of Lir
- R M H Cowell
“You’ll see a different horse next time up.”
While Prince Of Lir prefers an ease underfoot, Goldream excels when he can hear his hooves rattle.
“Goldream will be a runner if the ground is fast and I was absolutely delighted with how he ran at Goodwood,” the trainer told At The Races.
“Having a race under his belt now, I think he’s got a live chance wherever he shows up.”
The Newmarket handler currently has five sprinters engaged for the Nunthorpe and added that Spirit Quartz could “run well at a big price” if the ground is good or softer.