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Thursday 8 December 2016

Legatissimo is expected to race on

Sheikh Joaan Al Thani (L), owner of Treve, and trainer Criquette Head-Maarek (R) after winning the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp racecourse
Sheikh Joaan Al Thani (L), owner of Treve, and trainer Criquette Head-Maarek (R) after winning the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp racecourse

Triple Group One-winning filly Legatissimo is set to stay in training as a four-year-old.

Trainer David Wachman revealed there was “a good chance” the daughter of Danehill Dancer, owned by Michael Tabor, Sue Magnier and Derrick Smith, will race on in 2016.

Winner of the 1000 Guineas, Nassau Stakes and Matron Stakes, Legatissimo will bid to cap a tremendous year in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Keeneland later this month.

“The Breeders’ Cup is the plan at the moment,” said Wachman.

“We’ll see how we get on, but there’s always a chance she’ll stay in training next year.

“The owners will make the decision, but there’s a good chance. It’s not set in stone, but you never know.”

A Redoute’s Choice half-sister to Legatissimo was one of the stars on the opening day of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale in Newmarket, being knocked down to MV Magnier for 725,000 guineas.

Frankie Dettori has thanked Sheikh Joaan Al Thani and his Al Shaqab Racing operation for their crucial support during what has been a magnificent campaign for the rider.

Having endured well documented problems, Dettori was still recruited as retained rider by Al Shaqab in 2013 and has undergone a renaissance.

Dettori’s most memorable moments have come aboard Golden Horn, who is owned by Anthony Oppenheimer.

He supplemented his Derby, Eclipse and Irish Champion Stakes victories with Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe glory at Longchamp on Sunday, with the Al Shaqab-owned Treve back in fourth as she shot for a history-making third successive win in the race.

Dettori lost the ride on Treve last season at the behest of trainer Criquette Head-Maarek, but Sheikh Joaan was among the first to congratulate Dettori as he returned to the winner’s enclosure.

He said: “It was a very sporting gesture to greet me so graciously after Golden Horn won the Arc and Treve remains a legend.”

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