Naas option for Caravaggio

Owner Derrick Smith leads Caravaggio in

Aidan O'Brien has revealed Caravaggio could sidestep Sunday's French 2000 Guineas and instead line up in the Lacken Stakes at Naas the following weekend.

The Scat Daddy colt won 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, but has yet to make his three-year-old debut.

The Ballydoyle handler will make a final decision on whether Caravaggio will head to Deauville on Thursday morning, but is currently favouring keeping him on home soil.

He said: "Caravaggio is good. We've to make our mind up about him tomorrow (Thursday) and it's possible that he might not run and that he might run in the Lacken Stakes at Naas.

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"We're making our mind up in the morning but it's very possible that's what will happen.

"He's good, he's just working very quick and is a very quick horse."

Despite Caravaggio's likely absence, O'Brien is still set to be represented in the Poule d'Essai des Poulains, with Orderofthegarter confirmed as an intended runner.

Connections are undecided on whether Free Handicap winner Whitecliffsofdover will join his stablemate on the trip across the Channel.

O'Brien is planning to be double-handed in the French 1000 Guineas – the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches – on Saturday.

He added: "Both Roly Poly and Rain Goddess will run. That's the plan."

The trainer also confirmed Sir John Lavery will contest Saturday's Betfred Derby Trial at Lingfield, with Key To My Heart a possible runner in the Oaks Trial on the same card.

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