Michael O’Callaghan has just had to ease off a couple of his early juveniles Red Epaulette and Ming Warrior – but Royal Ascot has not yet been ruled out.
Red Epaulette won by nearly four lengths on his debut at Naas while Ming Warrior only found Ballydoyle’s Monarch Of Egypt too good on his only start.
The pair were entered a Listed race at the Curragh on Monday, but are on the easy list for now.
“Red Epaulette and Ming Warrior are the two-year-olds I’ve run so far and they’ve just started to grow a bit,” said O’Callaghan.
“They weren’t typical two-year-old types, even though I ran them early, it was just they were forward with the spring that we’d had and I said I’d run them rather than work them at home because it’s better education for them.
“Red Epaulette went on to win very impressively and Ming Warrior was second to Monarch Of Egypt.
“They’ve both come out of their races well, but with the change in weather and everything, they’ve started to grow a bit so I’ve backed off them and because I think they are both Stakes class, I’ve minded them more than anything.
“They could still make into Ascot two-year-olds, but at the moment I just thought I’d give them a bit of time as it’s still early in the year.”