Trip To Paris (left): landed the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot last year
PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
LAST year’s Gold Cup winner Trip To Paris made a welcome return to the Newmarket work grounds this week with a possible tilt at the Group 2 Goodwood Cup, in which he finished fourth in a year ago, planned for his reappearance after injury.
Following his Royal Ascot achievements last year, Ed Dunlop’s stayer went on to produce a similar level of form in Australia where he finished runner-up in the Caulfield Cup before running a close fourth in the Melbourne Cup last November.
After his Flemington exploits, the son of Champs Elysees flew straight to Tokyo, where his luck finally ran out and he could only muster 14th in the Japan Cup.
After that effort, Trip To Paris was found to have sustained a serious tendon injury and was sent back to Australia (via Newmarket) to be treated by specialist Lee Emerson.
Dunlop said: “Trip To Paris has made good progress since he returned to us in the spring and did his first piece of work since his injury on Tuesday morning. We’re hoping to get him back next month. Before his work he’d had a programme of more than four weeks of cantering and his tendon has been fine since he worked.”
A general 10-1 chance for the Group 2 Goodwood Cup on July 28, Trip To Paris could well run there or elsewhere.
Dunlop said: “We’ll see how he comes along and Goodwood is a possibility, but we know he has the speed for a mile and a half. We’ll let him tell us.”
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