Ulysses in frame for Juddmonte International

Ulysses beats Barney Roy
Ulysses beats Barney Roy

Eclipse winner Ulysses will be dropped back in trip on his next start in either the Juddmonte International at York or the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.

While a second shot at the Breeders' Cup Turf remains the long-term target for the Sir Michael Stoute-trained four-year-old, connections are weighing up which 10-furlong Group One contest he will take in next.

After claiming his first top-level success at Sandown last month, the son of Galileo found only Enable too strong when stepped back up to a mile and a half in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Alan Cooper, racing manager to owners the Niarchos Family, said: "We are going to have a chat with Sir Michael Stoute later this week and the plan for him will then become much clearer.

"He ran a super race in the King George, but he just met a very good filly.

"We just like to give the horse plenty of time to see how he is. He is in good form, but we would just like to wait a few days to decide if we go to York or Leopardstown.

"They are the two obvious options for him in August and September, then we will have a chat and re-group after that. All being well, the Breeders' Cup is the long-term plan again."

Ulysses is 4/1 with Sky Bet for both the Juddmonte International and Irish Champion Stakes while he can be backed at 6/1 for the Breeders' Cup Turf.

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