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Arc attack beckons for Byword

Andre Fabre's Byword could be prepared for a tilt at the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe following his fine effort in last week's Juddmonte International at York.

The Prince Of Wales's Stakes winner had to make do with a close-up third on the Knavesmire as Rip Van Winkle took top honours and Twice Over, second to Byword at Royal Ascot, reversed the form.

The latter could now test the water at a mile and a half in the Prix Foy at Longchamp on September 12 with a view to a possible bid to become Fabre's eighth Arc winner in October.

Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Prince Khalid Abdullah, said: "Byword ran a good race at York and seems to have taken it well.

"He could now go for an Arc trial and we are considering the Prix Foy at Longchamp. We can then make a decision on him thereafter. He's by Peintre Celebre who won an Arc, so he's got one half of it covered on the stamina front. He's quite a versatile horse as he's won a Group Two over a mile this year.

"He's got plenty of speed, but I don't see any reason why he wouldn't stay the mile and a half."

Twice Over is also owned by Abdullah and his next objective is to defend his Champion Stakes crown at Newmarket on October 16. "Twice Over seems to have taken the race very well and he'll probably head back to the Champion Stakes next," Grimthorpe added.

Henry de Bromhead is excited about the prospect of stepping up to staying distances with his stable star Sizing Europe this term.

The eight-year-old enjoyed a fantastic first campaign over fences, winning twice in Grade One company including the Arkle Trophy at the Cheltenham Festival.

He was far from disgraced when third against more experienced rivals in the Boylesports.com Champion Chase at Punchestown in April and his trainer is looking forward to getting his new season under way.

"He's back cantering and he seems in mighty form and very happy," said De Bromhead.

"He was brilliant last year and it was great that he was able to show his true potential. We're hoping to start him off in a two-mile-six-furlong conditions race at Punchestown in the middle of October and we just want to see how he'd get on over a trip."


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