Big-race plans under consideration for Invincible Army

Tate star likely to stick to six furlongs

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James Tate will consider the next move for Invincible Army in the wake of his defeat in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.

The Invincible Spirit colt was among the leading fancies for the Group One affair, having been beaten just a nose by Sands Of Mali at Haydock on his previous start.

The pair renewed rivalry at the Royal meeting, but while Sands Of Mali ran winner Eqtidaar to half a length, Invincible Army had to settle for ninth place.

Tate said: “He boiled up in the paddock and James Doyle thought the ground was a bit fast for him. I don’t know which of the two was the bigger factor.

“He has come out of the race fine and seems in really good nick. We will have a think about the July Cup, but this heatwave is a slight concern.

“If he doesn’t go to the July Cup there is the Prix Maurice de Gheest or we could drop him back to Group Three company and carry a penalty in the Hackwood at Newbury.

“We had thought about dropping him back to five, but he saw the six out really well when he was second to Sands Of Mali at Haydock. We will stick at six for the moment, but I’ve given him entries over five and seven furlongs in those early-closing races.”

Big-race plans under consideration for Invincible Army
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