Pique Sous set for all-weather campaign
Royal Ascot winner Pique Sous is set to be campaigned on the all-weather this winter with a view to making an appearance at Lingfield on Good Friday.
Pique Sous: Set for all-weather campaign
Formerly a high-class bumper performer and a Grade Two winner over hurdles, the grey provided the Supreme Horse Racing Club with one of its biggest days to date when landing the 2014 Queen Alexandra Stakes under Ryan Moore.
Now a nine-year-old, Pique Sous has suffered a few setbacks in the subsequent two years, but returned to the scene of his finest hour in June and was not disgraced in finishing seventh in the Ascot Stakes.
He has not been seen in competitive action since, but connections hope to have him back on track in the coming months.
Steve Massey, racing manager for the owners, said: "Pique Sous has been a bit stiff and sore since Ascot. He's had a couple of X-rays, but nothing came to light.
"There's definitely some issue there, so he's having a few weeks on the walker and then he'll be built back up.
"We know he doesn't want soft ground, so after discussing it with Willie, we've decided he'll go on the all-weather from mid-December onwards.
"He won on his only previous start on the all-weather at Dundalk a few years ago and there's a really good all-weather programme these days.
"His big target will be the long-distance race at Lingfield on Good Friday, which is worth a lot of money, so fingers crossed we get there.
"He is getting on in years, but has very low mileage on the clock and hopefully has more to give if we can get him right."