Sunday 21 January 2018

Workforce ready to do job in Arc

Workforce is third-favourite at a best-priced 11/2 after being given the go-ahead to run in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on Sunday.

The Investec Derby winner booked his place in the line-up following an encouraging piece of routine work on Thursday morning at Newmarket.

"He went on Long Hill this morning, ridden by Ryan Moore," said Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for owner Khalid Abdullah.

"The main thing was to see his action and his general demeanour, and both were good.

"He just had a nice smooth piece of work about four and a half furlongs for a blow-out.

"The whole point of waiting until the last moment (to decide) that he was going to go is because he really is an important horse to us."

And Grimthorpe believes Workforce will have no trouble handling the rain-softened ground.

"It is going to be pretty soft, although I don't think it's going to be quite as bad as everyone thinks it might be," he said.


"They had no rain there yesterday and there is going to be the odd shower definitely, so it's going to be on the soft side. I don't think he will mind it personally."

Lope De Vega, trained by Andre Fabre, and Freddie Head's Marinous have been supplemented for the race.

Aidan O'Brien has whittled down his squad to five after Flying Cross and Joshua Tree were both removed.

Meanwhile, Ed Dunlop has decided against sending his high-profile pair Snow Fairy and Native Khan to France this weekend.

Dual Oaks heroine Snow Fairy had been pencilled in for the Prix de l'Opera, while Solario Stakes winner Native Khan had the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere in his sights.

However, the prospect of testing conditions at Longchamp has scuppered those plans. Dunlop said on his website: "It was an easy decision in the end -- the ground is soft at Longchamp and getting softer by the minute.

"It looks like being the most testing conditions they have had on Arc day since 1999, so there is no point in us travelling.

"Snow Fairy will be kept in reserve for the Emirates Airlines Champion Stakes here at Newmarket on October 16, while Native Khan still has two options, the Dewhurst Stakes on the same day or the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster a week later."

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