Saturday 20 January 2018

Clemmie all set to go but 'Lightening' not so Quick for Lyons

O’Brien is to leave no fewer than seven horses in at today’s five-day stage for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on Sunday. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
O’Brien is to leave no fewer than seven horses in at today’s five-day stage for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on Sunday. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Johnny Ward

Clemmie, the ante-post favourite for Newmarket's Cheveley Park on Saturday, is all set to go after a spell on the sidelines due to ground, according to trainer Aidan O'Brien.

The sister to dual Guineas winner Churchill sidestepped the Moyglare due to the conditions at the Curragh but is bidding to make it three wins on the bounce in the Group One contest.

"All is good with her, we'd be hoping for nice enough ground but it's all systems go for Saturday," O'Brien told the Irish Independent.

He was talking at Naas, where Ger Lyons had news of potential Newmarket runner Lightening Quick, which won at Leopardstown on debut on Irish Champions Weekend.

"She's working terrible," he said. "She wasn't working great before Leopardstown either and we'll work her again Wednesday but at the moment she won't be going anywhere."

O'Brien is to leave no fewer than seven horses in at today's five-day stage for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Sunday, a race in which he saddled the first three home last year. Two of them, runner-up Highland Reel and the third, Order Of St George, are ready to go to war again.

O'Brien also will leave in Winter, Idaho, Cliffs Of Moher, Seventh Heaven and Capri, with plans to be finalised later in the week.

Cracksman will not run in the race, owner Anthony Oppenheimer revealed. Connections had insisted that a return to France for Europe's premier middle-distance prize was unlikely.

"I think it had a lot to do with Chantilly itself. A lot depends on the size of the field. If it (were) at Longchamp, where the track is wider and the bends are not as tight, it may have been an easier decision," he said.

The John Gosden-trained son of Frankel dominated his rivals in last month's Great Voltigeur at York and was just as impressive in the Prix Niel over the Arc course and distance. He still has the option of running again as a three-year-old in the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot on October 21, but is far from certain to line up.

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