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Gosden lines up Marvel for raid on Arc

LADBROKES St Leger winner Masked Marvel could be supplemented in the next 24 hours for Sunday's Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, with stablemate Nathaniel set to miss the race.

A very impressive winner of the world's oldest Classic on good to firm ground at Doncaster, the John Gosden-trained Masked Marvel has been inserted into the Arc market at 14-1 by Betfred and Paddy Power.

Gosden's racing secretary, Peter Shoemark, said of Masked Marvel: "No official decision will be made yet until the supplementary stage."

Gosden's original Arc hope Nathaniel, winner of the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot, had been a marked drifter on the exchanges all week due to the dry weather forecast in Paris.


Had he been to run at Longchamp, he would also have needed to be supplemented at a cost of ¤100,000, but a spokeswoman for James Wigan, racing manager to owner Lady Rothschild, said: "The horse isn't running (in the Arc)."

Nathaniel is now expected to contest the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot on October 15.

Commenting on the Arc betting, Betfred spokesman George Primarolo said: "Masked Marvel would be an extremely interesting runner in the Arc if he's supplemented, and punters will be acutely aware that John Gosden got it spot-on when shelling out to add Nathaniel to the King George field back in July."

Five horses were taken out at the latest acceptance stage for the Arc.

Aidan O'Brien removed Regent Street and Wonder Of Wonders, but the Ballydoyle trainer still has four possibles, with So You Think, St Nicholas Abbey, Seville and Treasure Beach his entries in the race.

As expected, Casamento was scratched by Godolphin, while last year's Leger winner Arctic Cosmos and David Wachman's Giant Step were others to come out of the reckoning.

The remaining big names, last year's winner Workforce and ante-post favourite Sarafina, stood their ground.

Other possibilities at the supplementary stage were Andre Fabre's Meandre and German challenger Danedream.