Chapple-Hyam mulling over Marcel options

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Trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam has revealed his camp are taking their time on deciding where Marcel will race next.

Marcel was impressive when winning the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster in October last year, finishing a length-and-a-half ahead of Aidan O’Brien’s Johannes Vermeer in second.

However, the three-year-old colt struggled on his return to action in the Qipco 2000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket in April, ending up last of 13 runners in what was a very strong field.

That disappointing performance came as a complete shock to Chapple-Hyam and he has now revealed extra care is being taken before choosing which meeting to go for next.

“He’s having a bit of time off to just try to freshen him up and we’ll see where he goes from here,” he said. “We moved him out to the National Stud to give him a bit of a holiday. We’ll see what Mr Makin (owner) wants to do and make a plan from there.”

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