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Sunday 4 December 2016

Frankie Dettori: Ground conditions will dictate Golden Horn's prospects in Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

Frankie Dettori celebrates after riding Golden Horn to victory in The Qipco Irish Champion Stakes. Irish Champions Weekend. Leopardstown
Frankie Dettori celebrates after riding Golden Horn to victory in The Qipco Irish Champion Stakes. Irish Champions Weekend. Leopardstown

Frankie Dettori feels the ground rather than the distance will be of more significance to Golden Horn's prospects in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

The Italian rider believes John Gosden's brilliant colt would have been unsuited by the prevailing conditions at Longchamp for the Arc Trials meeting on Sunday.

Dettori is also of the opinion Golden Horn would have won the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday in convincing fashion but for veering sharply across the track in the final furlong.

"He did jink at something but take nothing away from his performance. He beat six Group One winners and if it wasn't for that jink he'd have won even easier. He's back to his best after the blip at York," Dettori told At The Races.

"He's won a Derby over a mile and a half and I don't think the trip is a problem. I think to get the best out of him he needs a good surface.

"He might get away with it on good to soft, but if the Arc had been run on Sunday at Longchamp where I rode it would have been far too soft for him."

Having been in action at Longchamp on Sunday, Dettori expects the three-year-old colts to give wonder-mare Treve most to do as she bids to win the Arc for the third year running.

"I thought New Bay won really well. I was second to him (on Silverware), but he was never out of third gear," he said.

"I suspect Treve and the three-year-olds - Jack Hobbs, Golden Horn, New Bay and maybe Found - will be the major players for the Arc."

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