Sunday 26 March 2017

Arc hero in Breeders' Cup mix

'The Breeders' Cup could be possible, but we'll have to see how he is over the next couple of weeks.' Photo: Getty Images
'The Breeders' Cup could be possible, but we'll have to see how he is over the next couple of weeks.' Photo: Getty Images

Thomas Kelly

Connections of Workforce will see how their star colt is over the next fortnight before deciding on whether to have a tilt at the Breeders' Cup Turf.

The Epsom Derby winner, trained by Michael Stoute, bounced back to form after his flop in the King George at Ascot to land the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp and is now favourite to win in America at Churchill Downs next month.

"The horse trotted out fine this morning," said Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah. "It was quite a rough race but Ryan (Moore) negotiated a good passage. He showed plenty of courage and brilliance to quicken at the right time.

"The Breeders' Cup could be possible, but we'll have to see how he is over the next couple of weeks."

Workforce's performance at Longchamp was at least the equal of his win in the Derby at Epsom, according to Phil Smith, British Horseracing Authority head of handicapping.

"After his Derby win I had him on 128 and that was pretty much agreed by all the international handicappers, but initially, when the Derby form didn't seem to work out too cleverly at first and Workforce ran so disappointingly at Ascot, we dropped him back to 126," Smith said.

"After this win it's pretty easy to get him back to at least 128, which was his Derby rating, and now the Derby form doesn't look as bad as people thought."

Dermot Weld's Profound Beauty will leave for Australia on Sunday after being given the go-ahead to run in next month's Melbourne Cup. The six-year-old mare will be having her second attempt at the big race, having finished fifth to Viewed in 2008. She was second to another Flemington possible, Sans Frontieres, in the Irish St Leger on her latest start.

"She's in good order and she will be leaving for Australia next Sunday," said Stan Cosgrove, racing manager of owners the Moyglare Stud. Profound Beauty is 16/1 for glory in the two-mile event on November 2.

Meanwhile, Johnny Murtagh will partner Ed Dunlop's Red Cadeaux in the totesport.com Cesarewitch at Newmarket on Saturday week.

Elsewhere, Richard Hughes will have his appeal against the severity of a six-day ban heard by the British Horseracing Authority on Thursday.

Hughes, lying second in the title race, has appealed over the punishment given to him by the Wolverhampton stewards for careless riding when winning on Aviso last Saturday.

The stewards found that Hughes caused multiple interference and banned him for six days (October 16 and October 18-22), which would see him miss Champions' Day at Newmarket.

Irish Independent

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