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The fastest horse ever trained at Ballydoyle? Aidan O’Brien thinks so, and who are we are to argue?
His first six brought six wins for the son of Scat Daddy, with the highlight undoubtedly being the way he clicked into overdrive to overhaul two other exceptionally speedy colts – Harry Angel and Blue Point – in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.
“I was very nervous today as he was just ready to come through today, so I’m delighted that it all went well,” O’Brien said. “Ryan [Moore] was super confident on him and put him to sleep in the race. He said he would have a look at halfway where everybody was and that is what he did.
“He had plenty to do at halfway behind two good horses and he only raced for two and a half-furlongs.
“He was very relaxed in himself before the race – he was very natural and there was no edge to him. He is a natural free sweater anyway, but I was surprised by how cool he was – he is a very calm horse.
“He is very quick, I would be happier at two furlongs than six furlongs with this fella! He is the fastest horse we have ever had.”
Moore added: “I think that was a fairly exceptional race and he beat two very good horses. There’s quite a headwind and it has been hard to make up ground today and yesterday. They made him work, but he picked them up well in the end.
“It is the first time he has ever been asked a serious question so he was a bit unsure when he got the message, but he’s responded very well. I think there is some more improvement in him.”
That improvement was not immediately forthcoming when he surrendered his unbeaten record when fourth to Harry Angel in the Darley July Cup at Newmarket. “They are flesh and blood,” O’Brien observed.
The trainer blamed fitting Caravaggio with the wrong shoes when he could finish only sixth on his next start in the LARC Prix Maurice de Gheest. On his latest start, shoe problem sorted, he bounced back to winning form over five furlongs at the Curragh.
Caravaggio had won easily on his return at Naas in 2017, having won all four of his races as a two-year-old. He had picked up superbly to win the Coventry Stakes and then easily won the Group 1 Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh.
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