Aidan O’Brien has picked out the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood as a potential goal for his 2,000 Guineas champion Gleneagles.
The Irish super-trainer labelled the three-year-old son of Galileo as the best miler he has ever trained after watching him complete a Classic double.
Gleneagles landed the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket at the beginning of the month before notching the Irish equivalent at the Curragh on Saturday.
West Sussex jockey Ryan Moore was in the saddle on both occasions as the colt brushed aside his three-year-old rivals.
He showed a stunning turn of foot on his way to a gutsy three-quarters-of-a-length triumph over Endless Drama in his latest outing.
O’Brien likened the bravery his charge showed to that of six-time Group 1 winner Giant’s Causeway.
And now the Ballydoyle trainer is plotting a course for Glorious Goodwood and a clash with Europe’s best milers of any age in the Group 1 Sussex Stakes on July 29.
But first he must decide whether to let him line up in the Derby, where he is entered alongside stable-mate Giovanni Canaletto, who was second in a Group 3 at the Curragh on Sunday.
O’Brien said: ‘He’s the best miler we’ve had – I know that – but he wants fast ground to be seen at his best.
‘He has the physical appearance and mental attitude to go with it.
‘He has always worked like a miler, he’s strong and quickens very well.
‘Originally the plan was Newmarket, Curragh, Ascot (St James’s Palace Stakes) then Goodwood but the plan could change along the way.
‘When I was going through the forfeits for the Derby I was crossing off all the horses and put a line through him but the boys (O’Brien’s staff) said to leave him in.
‘I’ve always thought he was a miler and we haven’t had a miler like him in a while.
‘But everyone knows how important the Derby is and obviously if he went there that would forfeit Ascot.
‘The decision will be made in the next week.’
Storm The Stars, who won the Listed Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood’s May festival on Friday, is another being considering for the Derby at Epsom.
Meanwhile, The Corsican’s victory on the Downs on last week has booked him a trip to Royal Ascot.
But trainer David Simcock has yet to decide which race at the prestigious Berkshire meeting will best suit his 888sport Festival Stakes winner.
‘He’s always shown plenty of ability and is naturally progressive and going the right way,’ said the handler.
‘His entries are quite grand. We are looking at a choice between the Prince of Wales’s and the Hardwicke.’
Pulborough trainer Amanda Perrett is hoping to bring Reheat Handicap winner Czech It Out back for Glorious Goodwood (July 28 to August 1).