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Royal Ascot - Racing: Lonsdale possibly Pointed at Ascot

Point Lonsdale is not a guaranteed runner in the Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly at the weekend and could wait for other opportunities at Royal Ascot next month according to trainer Aidan O'Brien.

The Group 2-winning juvenile has only been seen once this season when a disappointing tenth in the 2,000 Guineas behind Coroebus at Newmarket in April and was subsequently ruled out of a tilt at the Cazoo Derby, with Point Lonsdale 10/1 if he races at Chantilly.

Ascot options for Point Lonsdale

However, the son of Australia remains in the 1m2½f French Group 1, but while he has been pleasing the Ballydoyle trainer in his work, he could bypass that target and wait for the Royal meeting instead, in which he could face a rematch against Coroebus and Native Trail in the St James's Palace Stakes.

Should he take his chance at Chantilly he could come up against impressive French 2,000 Guineas winner Modern Games, 2,000 Guineas fourth Eydon - who still holds an entry in the Derby - and the David Simcock-trained Cash as well as a host of French-trained stars.

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O'Brien said: "Point Lonsdale is a possibility for the French Derby, but he is not a definite. He will either go to Chantilly on Sunday, or wait for Royal Ascot where he would either run in the St James's Palace Stakes or the Hampton Court."

He added: "He's been pleasing us in the last few weeks and coming along nicely. We've been happy with him. Whether the French Derby is going to come too quickly or not I'm not sure yet. We will decide in the next couple of days."

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