Commonwealth Cup could be right fit for Richard Fahey's Perfect Power

Richard Fahey's Perfect Power has plenty of grunt in terms of pace but struggled for staying power in the 2000 Guineas. A clip back to Commonwealth Cup sprint distance could be the one at Ascot.

Dubawi Legend was far from the only horse struggling to see out the testing Classic mile of the QIPCO 2000 Guineas with Richard Fahey's Perfect Power also fading at the business end.

Fahey's three-year-old colt weakened and tailed off in the final furlong of the Newmarket classic, finishing a not disgraced seventh and may now return to distances of former sprint glory.

Ardad colt Perfect Power was a Group 1 victor in the prestigious Darley Prix Morny at Deauville and the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket over six furlongs, culminating with taking the five furlongs Norfolk Stakes at the Royal meeting in fine style.

A successful step up to seven furlongs in last month's Greenham Stakes convinced the Musley Bank, North Yorkshire based Fahey to send his colt to the 2000 Guineas and although he wasn't disgraced, Perfect Power doesn't seem a natural at a mile.

When the difficult question arrived whether Perfect Power failed to stay the mile at Newmarket to it's fullest extent, his trainer was remarkably frank.

"It looked that way, so we'll regroup" said Fahey.

"He travelled well through the race, but just when they picked up he didn't go with them.

"We had to have a go really. It's one of those where you regret it when they run that way, but we can't change it and there's still plenty to look forward to hopefully.

"He's come out of the race grand, no issues."

Now that sprints are back on the agenda for Perfect Power, the Commonwealth Cup at Ascot in June over six furlongs is the obvious target.

"We've got to look at that. He's showing plenty of speed, so we'll see," Fahey added.

"If he goes for that he'll go straight to Royal Ascot.

"There's plenty of races for us, races like the Prix Maurice de Gheest. As we get further on into the year there's plenty of Group Ones to be had."

The Royal Ascot meeting runs from Tuesday, June 14 to Saturday, June 18 at Ascot racecourse in Berkshire, England. The meeting is described as a "spellbinding explosion of the senses, featuring an all-star cast and world-class racing."

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