The Dual Group One scorer Goldream and the Royal Ascot winning stable companion Prince of Lir are both still in contention for the Coolmore Nunthorpe at York next week on Friday.
Goldream was the winner of both the King’s Stand and the Prix de l’Abbaye last season and ran a good race on his return from a break finishing third in the King George Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
Prince Of Lir, the Norfolk Stakes hero, disappointed in the Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte but his trainer Robert Cowell said that he would be happy to let him take on his elders at the Knavesmire if the conditions are right.
Speaking last week Cowell said that Prince Of Lir “could well show up.” Cowell said that he has been speaking to the owner and they are both “keen to go all the way through to declaration stage and see what the ground is like”.
Prince Of Lir won’t run if the going is good to firm but he could if it is good or softer.
Cowell said that he would “put a line through his Papin form. It wasn’t him and he scoped a little bit dirty when we brought him back. You’ll see a different horse next time up.”
Unlike Prince Of Lir who prefers softer ground, Goldream prefers running on firmer ground. According to Cowell, Goldream will be running if the ground is fast. He said that he was “absolutely delighted with how he ran at Goodwood. Having a race under his belt now, I think he’s got a live chance wherever he shows up.”
At present Cowell has five sprinters engaged for the Nunthorpe and he said that Spirit Quarts may also run if the ground is good or softer.