Doumen ruing Top Trip run
Francois Doumen is leaning towards the Prix du Cadran rather than alternative targets Down Under with Top Trip.
Sunday's Prix Kergorlay was largely run at the early crawl typical of many French races and Top Trip was stuck on the inside and could not pick up as quickly as some of his rivals.
He still managed to dead-heat with Hammerfest for fifth, beaten just three-quarters of a length, behind Verema and Joshua Tree.
Doumen's latest long-distance performer, following in the footprints of his 2011 Prix du Cadran winner Kasbah Bliss, was beaten a nose in the Yorkshire Cup before running a stormer to be third in the Ascot Gold Cup.
"The whole story was that a staying race ended up being a sprint. It was a real pain, because they only raced for three furlongs," Doumen said.
"He was coming back from the Gold Cup, it was his comeback race and he will improve a bit, but he really should have won the race."
Doumen has entered Top Trip in the BMW Caulfield Cup, which could tee him up for an Emirates Melbourne Cup outing, but he said: "I'm really looking at the Prix du Cadran as I'd love to win it again.
"I'd love to go to Australia, of course, and I'm young enough to change my mind, but for the moment we are looking at the autumn race in France."