Aidan O’Brien is all set to make a reappearance at Dundalk next month for Classic contender Caravaggio.
The unbeaten Scat Daddy colt has been off the track since winning the Group One Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh in August, having previously landed the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.
He had been in line for the Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket in September, but a pulled muscle meant he ultimately missed that engagement.
Speaking at Naas, O’Brien, who had a double to start the new Irish Flat season, said: “Caravaggio will work here on Monday and then the plan is to go to Dundalk for the Listed Patton Stakes (April 12) over seven furlongs.
“Everything seems fine with him so far.”
O’Brien also had news of Churchill, who finished his campaign as the champion European two-year-old following wins in the National Stakes and Dewhurst Stakes.
The son of Galileo heads the ante-post markets for both the 2000 Guineas and Derby.
He said: “Churchill is good and everything seems to be fine so far with him as well.”
Meanwhile, Seventh Heaven could be aimed at the Coronation Cup at Epsom after her fine run in defeat in Dubai on Saturday.
The Irish and Yorkshire Oaks heroine got closest to impressive winner Jack Hobbs in the Sheema Classic on World Cup night on ground possibly not totally to her liking, leaving O’Brien with high hopes for the season ahead.
O’Brien was also pleased with Dewhurst runner-up Lancaster Bomber, who was not beaten far in fourth behind Thunder Snow in the UAE Derby over 10 furlongs on dirt.
He added: “Lancaster Bomber ran well for his first time on the dirt. It was a tough, competitive race.”
Source: At The Races