Morley said: "I wouldn't want anyone to back the horse until much nearer the time." Other possibilities for Celeric are the Lonsdale Stakes at York, and a pattern race at Deauville.
Celeric landed a gamble in winning the Northumberland Plate and supplemented gains at York this month. But he has risen 11lb in the ratings since his Plate win and William Hill and Ladbrokes take the view that the gelding faces a stiff task after being allotted 9st 7lb in the weights published yesterday.
Both firms make Harbour Dues, an eyecatching Royal Ascot third and allocated 7st 8lb, the 7-1 favourite for the one mile six furlong handicap.Reuse content