French mission contemplated for Little Big Bear

Little Big Bear could bid for compensation for his luckless July Cup run in next month’s Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained colt was sent off the 5-2 joint-favourite along with Shaquille in last week’s Newmarket feature, with the pair renewing rivalry after filling the first two places in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.

However, while Shaquille overcame a terrible start to claim victory, Little Big Bear was hampered when gearing up for his challenge two furlongs from home, with Ryan Moore allowing him to finish in his own time after that mishap.

O’Brien reports the No Nay Never colt to be none the worse for that unfortunate spin, with another Group One date on August 6 now on his radar.

The trainer told Sky Sports Racing: “He’s good, he just got trapped up in the July Cup. Ryan was giving him a chance, he was just starting his run and then horses just came either side of him and he got sandwiched. He was lucky not to get brought down.

“He’s come out of the race very well so we’re thinking of going to France, maybe for the Maurice de Gheest with him.

“It’s six and a half (furlongs) in about three and a half weeks, so we’re thinking about that but we’re very happy with the way he came out of the race.”

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