Lynam ponders Anthem target

  • Last Updated: August 13 2014, 10:29 BST

The Ebor Festival at York is next on the agenda for Anthem Alexander after she was taken out of Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday due to the change in ground.

Anthem Alexander: York options
Anthem Alexander: York options

The Eddie Lynam-trained filly was a fine winner of the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot in June and was well fancied to follow up at the weekend, only for heavy rain to upset her plans.

She holds entries in the Group Two Lowther Stakes and the Group One Nunthorpe Stakes at York next week and both options are now under "careful consideration".

Lynam said: "Obviously she couldn't run because of the going.

"She has a couple of entries in York next week and we will make a decision over the weekend about what we are going to do.

"Both races are under careful consideration.

"I've discussed it with her owner and we are going to talk again later in the week."

Lynam could offer no excuses for Viztoria after she disappointed in the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville on Sunday.

The daughter of Oratorio was sent off an 11-2 chance for the French Group One but she could only finish a well-beaten 12th under Wayne Lordan.

"Viztoria ran disappointingly. We have no explanation for it, she seems fine," said the County Meath handler.

"She is well entered up and we will wait and see how she is over the next fortnight or so before making any concrete plans.

"It was the first time ever in her career that she ran a disappointing race and, at this moment in time, we have no reason for it.

"We basically just have to watch this space and wait and see."

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