Racing: Ground controls route of return for Rodrigo

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THE CHANCES of Rodrigo De Triano joining his stable-mate Dr Devious in the line-up for tomorrow's International Stakes at York increased yesterday as Peter Chapple-Hyam, his trainer, started to formulate new plans for his 2,000 Guineas winner, writes John Cobb.

Rodrigo De Triano was prevented from running in yesterday's Prix Jacques le Marois because of heavy going at Deauville and the ground conditions will again be the overriding factor in deciding whether he lines up alongside the Derby winner, Kooyonga, Ruby Tiger and All At Sea on the Knavesmire.

'I will take a check on the going at York before we make a decision,' Chapple-Hyam said at the Normandy course yesterday. 'If he has to miss that race, the alternative would be the Prix du Moulin at Longchamp next month.'

The news prompted Ladbrokes to offer Rodrigo De Triano at 6-1 'with a run' for the mile and a quarter Group One contest, but Coral introduced him to their list at 10- 1 without the proviso.

Certain to miss York is Shambo, who did quite enough for one week when giving Michael Roberts his first success since returning from injury when winning the Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.

Shambo, who had been entered for Wednesday's Ebor Handicap, will instead remain in Group company and tackle the Irish St Leger at The Curragh on 19 September.

Rock Hopper, the 11-10 market leader for the Geoffrey Freer, was later found to be lame and was one of three beaten favourites for Pat Eddery at the Berkshire course. Roberts, who also won on Cradle Days, has now restored his lead of 24 over the Irishman, who had a treble on Friday, in the race for the jockeys' championship.

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