Morley eager for Royal Ascot return after Cynane experience

Tom Morley is already looking forward to returning to Royal Ascot after Cynane gained some valuable experience in the Queen Mary Stakes.

The New York-based, British-born trainer saw the daughter of Omaha Beach finish 10th to fellow US raider Crimson Advocate in the five-furlong feature.

Having whet his appetite, the nephew of multiple Group One-winning trainer David Morley and cousin of jumps trainer Henry Daly and esteemed bloodstock agent Charlie Gordon-Watson is keen to return to the Royal meeting.

“I don’t enjoy losing. We didn’t come there to finish 10th,” said Morley. “I think we would have finished a good bit closer if we had not had all that rain on Monday.

“Cynane wants real firm ground and we can all say it is the joy of hindsight, but she should probably have run in the Albany and not the Queen Mary.

“It was a wonderful experience, the owners had a lovely time and we’ll certainly be back to do it again.

“Ascot did a fantastic job of looking after everyone. We brought a big crowd of people over and so a lot of fun was had by a lot of people.”

Cynane had won a fillies’ maiden at Belmont on debut and having been in touch with the leaders on only her second start in the Group Two contest, faded inside the final furlong.

With the filly having successfully arrived back in America, Morley is looking ahead to a potential Breeders’ Cup run, should she continue to progress.

He said: “She will have a couple of weeks turnout at Hidden Brook Farm in Kentucky, then she’ll come back to us in New York and point towards the P.G. Johnson at the end of Saratoga (August 30).

“I think she has taken the trip better than I have, so that’s a good thing. I’ve got a couple of weeks to get my feet back under the table before we head up to Saratoga, but it was an enjoyable experience, one that I wouldn’t be afraid to do again.

“If she did end up in a race like the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ Turf, which I think she probably could do, we have two options in New York, the P.G. Johnson and the Miss Grillo (Belmont Park).

“If she was good enough to win either of those and she was to go to the Breeders’ Cup, then you can start dreaming about Coronations or Sandringhams next year.

“She handled the shipping so well and that is always one of the big fears on how they’ll take it.

“It gives you no fear. If she did win one of these races, then going to California would be no problem for her either. She has now got a huge amount of experience under her belt for a very young horse.”

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