Crowned Eagle is to have an all-weather campaign this winter after struggling on fast ground in the Group Three Stockholm International Cup in Sweden on Sunday.
Trainer Marco Botti is keen to lower the sights of the six-year-old, but the Oasis Dream gelding will first have a break to get over his races in 2019 that have seen him travel to Dubai and Italy as well at Sweden plus three tracks in the UK.
“He’s not in the same form as last year. He’s got a little bit of wear and tear. Luke Morris said the ground was probably too quick for him,” said Botti.
“He does handle fast ground, but the older they get they start having a few niggly problems.
“I don’t think he let himself down in the race.
“He’s fine. We’ll probably give him a break. He’s a nice horse, he’s rated 106 but is not a proper Group horse.
“He’s more a handicap horse so hopefully the handicapper will review his rating and if it comes down he’s still a valuable horse for the classy handicaps.
“I think we’ll give him a few weeks off and run him on the all-weather through the winter. We had in mind maybe Dubai, but on the back of that run we should look after the horse and take an easier route and not jump him in the deep end.”