Cox planning Profitable return
Clive Cox is considering alternative options at home and abroad for Profitable following his late withdrawal from Saturday's Palace House Stakes at Newmarket.
Last season's King's Stand hero was due to make his seasonal reappearance and first start in the Godolphin colours in the five-furlong Group Three, but was declared a non-runner on Saturday morning after suffering a setback.
Cox does not expect the problem to hold up his five-year-old for long and he could head to France next weekend or bid for back-to-back victories in the Temple Stakes at Haydock on May 27.
"He just had a small stone bruise that we were concerned about and with the drying ground, it was not a difficult decision to make," said the Lambourn-based trainer.
"He will be sound in a few days, but he just needs a couple of days to get over it. We have got him entered in France on Saturday over five furlongs at Deauville (Prix de Saint-Georges).
"We see how is over the next few days and if he is well enough he could go there, or the Temple Stakes is the other option."
Another Cox inmate pencilled in for a trip to Merseyside is the exciting Harry Angel.
Winner of the Group Two Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury in September, the youngster went down fighting by a length and a half to Blue Point, who was receiving 4lb, in the Group Three Pavilion Stakes at Ascot on Wednesday.
The lightly-raced sprinter is being aimed at the Armstrong Aggregates Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock on the same day as the Temple Stakes.
Cox said: "We were thrilled with that. It was only his third ever run and he's a horse that hopefully is going to settle into a bit of a rhythm with his racing.
"It was nice to get a bit of gas out of him. That's why we ran him with a penalty.
"I'm thrilled he's come out of the race very well so we'll be looking at the Sandy Lane, all being well."