AFTER suffering the loss of Snow Fairy and Nathaniel earlier this week, Sunday’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe now looks set to dramatically feature both Danedream and Camelot who were previously massive doubts for the race.
AIDAN O'BRIEN'S dual Derby winner Camelot was taken out of the betting for the race after his defeat in the Triple Crown deciding Doncaster St Leger earlier this month. However, after pleasing connections today at Ballydoyle, he was left in the race and now looks set to run, with Frankie Dettori handed the plum spare ride.
O’Brien withdrew Imperial Monarch from the race, but left in Camelot and St Nicholas Abbey, who will be partnered by Joseph O’Brien, as the youngster cannot do the weight of 8st 11lbs on Camelot, thus meaning Dettori, so often the nemesis of Ballydoyle when riding for Godolphin, will be onboard.
It looks as though connections will be forced to supplement Danedream after taking last year’s winner out of the race earlier in the week when it appeared she had been ruled out. Cologne Racecourse, where she is trained, was put into quarantine after a case of an equine blood infection.
However, the decision not to allow her leave the racecourse appears to have been overturned, leaving her free to defend her crown on Sunday. Danedream had been backed at a maximum of 999/1 on Betfair this week but was today trading as low as 10/1.
Jim Bolger insists no formal decision has yet been made over where Dawn Approach is trained next season.
The imminent issue playing on the mind of the great Irishman is to win a fifth Dubai Dewhurst Stakes in seven years at Newmarket on October 13 and he will have two shots at glory.
The unbeaten Dawn Approach will again carry the Godolphin colours, with Sheikh Mohammed having purchased more than half of him after his fourth victory in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, while he will be joined by the battle-hardened Leitir Mor.
The pair completed a pretty vigorous workout over around seven furlongs yesterday, not at Bolger’s main Coolcullen base but at another piece of his vast empire near Rathvilly, a 35-minute drive north-east through County Carlow.
Bolger’s son-in-law Kevin Manning pushed Dawn Approach around a length in front of Leitir Mor and professed himself “very happy” with the chestnut.