Gelded Poets has Royal option

Charlie Appleby chats with William Buick

Bay Of Poets has been gelded after finishing unplaced in the French Derby behind Brametot.

Beaten three lengths into seventh, the Charlie Appleby-trained three-year-old had previously finished second to Cliffs Of Moher in the Dee Stakes at Chester and is now a possible for Royal Ascot.

Appleby said: "He ran very well and was competitive in both the Derby trials and the French Derby. I don't think he disappointed much in the French Derby, it was a good race and he put up a creditable performance and he looks to have come out of the race well.

"I've gelded him since the run and I hope that will see some improvement. At the moment, on all evidence, I don't think the Hampton Court will come too quick. We will take it day by day, but at the moment he is showing all the right signs."

Sobetsu, a Group One winner in France on her reappearance, was a big disappointment in the Oaks, beating only one home.

Nevertheless Appleby has still not completely ruled her out of the French equivalent next weekend.

He said: "William (Buick) wasn't happy with her down at the gates to be honest. The day was potentially just getting to her. Although she looked as though visually she was travelling very well throughout the race, William said at the top of the hill he didn't feel it was the same filly he was sitting on in France. When it wasn't happening, he looked after her.

"Coming out of a Group One is never easy. We will keep an eye on her. She has not done much from then until now and we will take a look at her mid-week and potentially head to the Prix de Diane.

"It's on the radar. A mile and quarter suits her. I'm not saying she didn't stay a mile and a half at Epsom, as she was beaten too far out, but being an impressive mile-and-a-quarter winner in the Alary, it is a logical step to go back to it."

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