Doubts over Advertise’s stamina – along with his proven speed, are tempting trainer Martyne Meade to target the six furlong Commonwealth Cup next week.
Advertise won the Group Two July Stakes and the Group One Phoenix Stakes over six furlongs, before running second to Too Darn Hot in the seven furlong Dewhurst Stakes last year.
The colt ran no sort of race in the Qipco 2,000 Guineas on his return, over a mile – and whilst he remains engaged in the St James’s Palace Stakes over that trip, he appears more likely to run in Friday’s Group One.
Meade commented: “The Commonwealth Cup is cutting up a little bit and he did pretty well last year as a two-year-old over six furlongs so we are favouring that option..
“Based on his homework and everything, we think he will be quick enough for that race and so that’s what we are favouring. We’d be looking for the ground to dry out a bit and a strong pace. There looks to be a few in there likely to provide that.
“We have to put a line through that run as it was obviously not him.
“He should have finished much closer. It was not a disaster but I was expecting much better than that.
“One can only put it down to the fact that he was a little bit below-par. It must have been one of those untraceable viruses because everything else was right with him. We scoped him immediately after the race and his blood was perfect.
“It’s why we had a month off and hopefully he will now reproduce what he is capable of. His form ties in with all the top two-year-old performers – he’s just got to reproduce it. I’ve been happy with the way the horses have been running since we called a halt.”