Pique misses Newcastle date

  • Last Updated: June 26 2014, 11:48 BST

Pique Sous has not been declared for the John Smith's Northumberland Plate at Newcastle on Saturday.

Pique Sous will not be heading to Newcastle
Pique Sous will not be heading to Newcastle

Willie Mullins has not declared the Royal Ascot winner or Simenon and is set to be represented by Lucky Bridle.

The weights will be headed by the Mark Johnston-trained Oriental Fox with Poyle Thomas and Hassle "getting in" as potential reserves.

Steve Massey, racing manager for Supreme Racing Club who own Pique Sous, said: "He's just not quite ready.

"He went back to Ireland straight after the race and he's grand, but it's only a week after running in the longest Flat race of the season.

"If he'd had another week that would have been ideal.

"It's a shame because it's a huge race and it would have been great to run and I think two miles would suit him even more.

"Ryan (Moore) said the last furlong felt a long way, especially as he'd pulled so hard, a faster pace would be ideal for him.

"I've no idea what's next, that will be down to Willie, as we're jumping men we aren't too familiar with the Flat calendar. We might look at Goodwood.

"If he'd run, we might have left his next two or three races behind."

The field is: Oriental Fox, Repeater, Sir Ector, Nearly Caught, Suegioo, Big Thunder, Boite, Lucky Bridle, Tropical Beat, Angel Gabrial, Buthelezi, Noble Silk, Van Percy, Dark Crusader, Ardlui, Glenard, Mawaqeet, Agreement, Totalize, Waterclock.

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