Caravaggio is as low as 5-4 favourite with Paddy Power for the 2017 Qipco 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket following his highly impressive victory in the Keenland Phoenix Stakes at The Curragh on Sunday.
Sent off the 1-8f, the shortest price in the history of the race, the classy son of Scat Daddy gave trainer Aidan O’Brien his 15th success in the race, the first European Group 1 of the season for two year olds.
Now unbeaten in four starts, Caravaggio made his move two furlongs out with jockey Séamie Heffernan never having to get serious with the colt. He beat his pacemaking stable companion, Courage Under Fire, by an easy four lengths.
Trainer, Aidan O’Brien, described Caravaggio as “the fastest we have ever had at Ballydoyle” directly following the race. He suggested the Prix Morny at Deauville on August 21st as the colt’s next target, with possibly the Middle Park to follow after that.
The winning trainer revealed: “In his last piece of work he hit a top speed of 45 miles per hour, and no horse in Ballydoyle has ever been able to do that.”
Following a suggestion by O’Brien that he isn’t in any rush to run the 2 year old colt over 7 furlongs, he has been cut to 6/1 in the betting for the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot next June.