Lumiere (right) returns after her disappointing run in the QIPCO 1,000 Guineas Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse

Lumiere (right) returns after her disappointing run in the QIPCO 1,000 Guineas
Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse

Mark Johnston can still find nothing amiss with Lumiere to explain her lifeless run in the 1,000 Guineas.

Strongly fancied for the Classic having won the Cheveley Park Stakes at two, she was beaten long before stamina became an issue.

Now back in work, she remains a possible for the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot but given how strong that race looks, Johnston may look to go elsewhere.

“We’re still scratching our heads a bit,” said the Middleham handler.

“She seems perfectly well and we’ve see

n nothing to suggest she is not in good health.

“Soon we are going to have to bite the bullet and try again somewhere, but quite where that will be hasn’t been decided.

“Both Guineas were quite strange in a way, with a lot of the fancied horses well beaten.

“We’ve just got to put it behind us and move on. She’s working normally, as she was before the race, there appears to be nothing amiss.

“My horses haven’t been really sparkling and the same may apply to her.

“We’ve just got to treat her like a normal horse and when she’s screaming at us to run, we’ll go.

“The Commonwealth Cup is still getting serious consideration, but it seems like every 3 year old who has had a hiccup is going there and at this stage it looks the hottest Group One of the year so we might go elsewhere, I don’t know.”