Pyledriver set to ditch Royal Ascot plans after Coronation Cup battle

Pyledriver's battling winning performance in Epsom's Coronation Cup could see his connections shelve plans for an appearance at Royal Ascot next week.

Joint trainer William Muir had pencilled in the Hardwicke Stakes on Saturday week for his stable star, but is currently minded to ditch that plan because Pyledriver's battle with Al Aasy at Epsom on Friday has left a mark.

The King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot in late July appears to be the next most likely stop.

"It took a bit out of him - he didn't eat brilliant for two nights but he licked up last night," said Muir.

"The first night he normally does leave a bit, but the second night he's normally back on it, so it probably took a little bit out of him.

"He's got a Group One now, so let's hope we can keep going.

"Royal Ascot was going to be the next race. But he's going to need to knock the door down for me to be going there - otherwise we'll wait for the King George.

"If he comes mad fresh by Monday when the confirmation stage is, then I'd think about it.

"But it was quite a battle on Friday. He might just need longer than two weeks to get back to his best. There's no point going there if we're not over this race."