Pierre Lapin in good shape for Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot
Newmarket trainer Roger Varian is confident Pierre Lapin will be able to overcome a nine-month absence from the track during tomorrow’s Group 1 Commonwealth Cup outing at Royal Ascot (3.35pm).
The six-furlong contest, which forms part of the 35-race QIPCO British Champions Series, has been at the top of Pierre Lapin’s agenda since he landed the Group 2 Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes in decisive style at Newbury in September.
Bury Road-based Varian would have ideally liked to have given the half brother to Harry Angel a prep run, but those plans were impacted by the delayed start to the season due to Covid-19.
Nevertheless, Varian has reported the 7/2 favourite is in fine shape for Friday’s showpiece.
“We felt it was a bit tight running in the Pavilion at Newcastle (on June 4) beforehand and liked the idea of getting him to Ascot as a fresh horse,” he said.
“We’d have loved to have got a prep run into him in May but he’s not a horse I wanted to go bang-bang with and so we took the decision to try and get him cherry ripe for Ascot.
“He’s probably got to overcome a little bit of inexperience but he is a very natural horse and he won in Group company after a four-month lay-off on only his second start.
“Hopefully, his ability will shine through and he will be streetwise enough for the big day.”