Invincible Army Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse

James Tate has taken Invincible Army out of Saturday’s Darley July Cup and instead will head to France, for the Group One Prix Maurice de Gheest, at Deauville.

The trainer commented: “He’s been taken out of the July Cup and is likely to go for the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville and then Haydock I think.”

Invincible Army looked very good when landing the Cammidge Trophy and the Group Two Duke Of York Stakes, but not for the first time, he came up short in Group One company at Royal Ascot, when well beaten in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.

“I think a flat track and a nice surface are important to him – at Ascot the last couple of furlongs are a bit uphill. It was loose, fast, cut-up ground and didn’t play to his strengths,” explained Tate.

“The Tapeta on the flat Newcastle track suited him and I think Deauville will suit him well – hence probably there and then Haydock.

“He has won at Ascot, in the Pavilion last year, but he was helped by the ground that day. It was the first meeting of the season and it was on the easy side.

“While he did beat the future Commonwealth Cup winner (Eqtidaar), he probably wasn’t wound up and it might not have taken much winning.

“His better form is at Haydock, Doncaster, Newcastle and York which are all similar configurations.”