Updated on 09/16/2011 7:21AM

Johannesburg returning to sprints


PARIS - Johannesburg is to revert to sprinting, according to his co-owner Michael Tabor.

Speaking at Longchamp, where he had just witnessed the victory of Landseer in the French 2000 Guineas, Tabor said, "Johannesburg will run next in either the Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot, or in the July Cup at Newmarket." The Golden Jubilee was formerly the Cork and Orrery Stakes.

Both of those races are six-furlong Group 1 contests run on straight courses. Last year's juvenile champion in both Europe and the United States, Johannesburg was caught on the line by Rebelline in the seven-furlong Gladness Stakes before his failure in the Kentucky Derby, in which he clearly failed to last 1 1/4 miles, finishing eighth.

All three of Johannesburg's juvenile European Group 1 triumphs came at six furlongs.