Copyright Steven Cargill

Joseph O’Brien is siding with running his Irish Derby winner Latrobe in the Wolferton Stakes, rather than the Hardwicke, at Royal Ascot next week.

He said: “I’ll be talking things over with Latrobe’s owners, Lloyd and Nick Williams, before a final decision is made but we’re leaning towards the Wolferton on the basis of maybe not wanting to stretch him in trip at what is still an early stage of the season.”

O’Brien has yet to break his Royal Ascot duck as a trainer and will also run Buckhurst, runner-up in the Gallinule Stakes at the Curragh, at next week’s Royal Meeting.

 “He’s in the Hampton Court Stakes on Thursday and the King Edward VII Stakes the following day. We haven’t decided which race he’ll go for but we’re favouring the Hampton Court at this stage.”

O’Brien confirmed Master Of Reality, winner of the Vintage Crop Stakes at Navan in April, will contest the Gold Cup, while Altair,  remains  “a possible” runner in the Ribblesdale Stakes.

“We’re looking at running Air Force Jet, who won at Naas, in the Norfolk Stakes and we could have a few runners in handicaps,” said O’Brien.