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Thursday 17 January 2019

Dunlop to decide on Snow bid for Arc

A crack at the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe will be "seriously considered" for Snow Fairy if the ground is suitable at Longchamp on October 2.

Although impressed by the winners of Sunday's three Arc trials at the Paris track, Newmarket trainer Ed Dunlop would not be afraid to pitch his star filly into Europe's premier middle-distance race - as long as he was satisfied with conditions.

"You'd have to be impressed by all three winners of the Arc trials," he said.

"Obviously the ground was soft. I suppose the favourite Sarafina was the most impressive.

"Some people have mentioned that sometimes they (Arc trials) are inconclusive.

"Horses that win the Arc trials don't always go on to win the Arc. We are not running away as a result of them.

"Her participation will come down to the ground but I will be in discussion with Mrs (Cristina) Patino (owner).

"If it was very soft we would put a line through it. If it came back to good, good to soft or something like that, it would be seriously considered."

Sarafina cemented her place at the head of the ante-post market with a cosy win in the Prix Foy.

Her trainer, Alain de Royer-Dupre, was delighted with that run and believes she will be cherry ripe for the Arc, in which she was third behind Workforce last year. "It was a special race because she came between two horses. She won very easily and didn't look to have a hard race," Royer-Dupre said.

"She was not very fit. Last year she was third in the Prix Vermeille before running very well in the Arc and at the beginning of the season it was the same. In the Prix Ganay she progressed a lot from her second race.



Relaxed

"If she doesn't have a problem she could run a big race (in the Arc). She looks more relaxed and is easier to ride. She has a very good turn of foot and in a very short time she can go very fast. She is one of the best for sure."

Royer-Dupre has another serious Arc contender in French Derby victor Reliable Man, who booked his place by winning the Prix Niel. He said: "The Arc is often the right race for a good three-year-old. If he progressed in the next three weeks he could be competitive."

Meanwhile, Red Cadeaux could be bound for the Melbourne Cup following his excellent effort in the Irish St Leger.

The weights for Australia's biggest race on November 1 are published tomorrow, and trainer Dunlop will study them closely before deciding whether the race is a serious proposition.

The Newmarket handler has been delighted with the progress of Red Cadeaux this year, seeing him elevated from handicapper to Group Three winner. And his performance in defeat at the top level at the Curragh on Saturday topped that, as he was only beaten a length in third place behind dead-heaters Jukebox Jury and Duncan.

"He's in the Melbourne Cup and that is under consideration," said Dunlop. "The weights come out for that race tomorrow and we will obviously learn a bit more about our fate in relation to that."

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