Corinthia Knight camp remain upbeat after French reverse

Corinthia Knight winning on All-Weather Finals Day (Adam Davy/PA)

Connections of Corinthia Knight have not given up hope that the sprinter will this season “win a nice race on the turf”.

Trained by Archie Watson, the three-year-old struck  on all-weather Finals Day and has won seven of his nine races on an artificial surface.

He has yet to secure victory on turf, however, and his latest defeat came in Group Three company in France last week, where he could only finish ninth of 11.

Niall O’Brien, racing manager for Ontoawinner, the syndicate which owns Corinthia Knight, said: “He was disappointing. He seemed to be wheel-spinning on that ground and never really got going.

“We’ve avoided sticking him in all the Group Ones as we don’t think he’s quite up to that standard, so we are actively looking for a softer Group race somewhere.

“He’s in the Temple Stakes at Haydock, but I don’t think we’ll be going there.

“He’s been pigeon-holed as an all-weather horse, but I’m sure he’ll win a nice race on the turf.”