Sport Horse Racing

Tuesday 23 January 2018

Arazan in the frame for comeback

Trainer John Oxx. Photo: PA
Trainer John Oxx. Photo: PA

John Oxx will decide later this week whether to let Arazan make his long-awaited return to action in the Solonaway Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.

The four-year-old won two of his three starts as a juvenile in 2008, his only defeat coming at the hands of Mastercraftsman in the National Stakes almost exactly two years ago.

A number of setbacks have seen him off the track since and Oxx will only let his charge return to the track if he believes he will do himself justice.

Arazan had been a leading contender for the 2000 Guineas won by stablemate Sea The Stars last year before he was ruled out of the race.

"He'll work again this week and we'll make a decision about him then," Oxx told At The Races.

"It's two years since he's run and it's very difficult for a horse to come back and retain all of his old ability when he's had a couple of doses of pneumonia.

"It would be a lot to expect him to come back to his old form and we'll have to decide whether he is in a position to go and run.

"He's been in good health, looks terrific and he has this wonderful temperament.

"He goes out and does his work just the same as two years ago and just the same as before the Guineas last year, he's just such a willing horse.

"He's surprised me that he's got this far actually, but whether he can show his true ability, there is a bit of a question mark there.

"I wouldn't want to run him if he's not operating at the full level he was once able to do.

"I'm not certain he's going to make the track but we'll probably make our minds up on Thursday."

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