The Clive Cox trained Nando Parrado will be put away for the rest of the season and be saved for the 2000 Guineas next term, with the trainer still having full confidence in the juvenile after a poor run at the Arc meeting.
The juvenile made a huge name for himself this term when he pulled off one of the biggest shocks in Royal Ascot history when landing the Group Two Coventry Stakes at the biggest odds ever seen by a winner at the five day festival.
The son of Kodiac proved that his Ascot run was not a fluke when a good second behind Queen Mary Stakes winner Campanelle in the Prix Morny in testing conditions last time out.
He went back to France for the Prix Jean-Luc Lagadere over seven furlongs and getting similar testing conditions he was expected to run a big race but was very underwhelming.
(Credit ATR) Cox said: “Nando has come back from France well.
“It was very extreme conditions that we ran in. The winner obviously relished it and it was softer than we’d ever encountered before, but he’s come back fine and we still know we’ve got a proper horse to look forward to next year.
“We’ll put him away now and I very much hope that (2000 Guineas) will be the target.“It was his first try over seven furlongs the other day and it was a little bit inconclusive with underfoot conditions as bad as they were and I’m sure he’ll stay a bit further next year.”
Cox also gave an update on his superstar Supremacy after his Middle Park Stakes win at Newmarket which saw him land a hat-trick of victories and his first Group One of his career,
Cox added: “Supremacy has finished for the season, but we couldn’t be more pleased with his efforts and results this year.
“He’s put in some seriously top-class performances and it was great for him to sign off with a Group One.”