Aidan O’Brien reports Luxembourg to be in fine fettle as he bids to hand the Ballydoyle maestro a third win in Sunday’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
Luxembourg (4/1 favourite) is in “good form and it’s a case of so far so good” for the Camelot colt since bouncing back to his best in the Irish Champion Stakes as he heads 27 hopefuls left standing for the French showpiece.
Stablemate Broome (50/1) is also a “possible” runner with all the leading contenders still involved at the first forfeit stage, while Australian star Verry Elleegant (33/1) is set to be supplemented tomorrow with 20 going to post.
The Mark Prescott-trained Alpinista (6/1) – bidding for eight-in-a-row – and last year’s Epsom Derby hero Adayar (7/1), trained by Charlie Appleby, both remain on course along with surprise 2021 Arc winner Torquator Tasso (8/1).
There is a strong Japanese challenge with Titleholder (9/1) leading their visiting party while French Derby and Eclipse winner Vadeni (7/1), Irish Derby hero Westover (14/1) and Irish Champion Stakes runner-up Onesto (12/1) are also in the mix.
Meanwhile, Frankie Dettori has paid a glowing tribute to Stradivarius after John and Thady Gosden’s star stayer was retired to stud after a glittering career that yielded just under €4million in prize money.
The eight-year-old won a trio of Ascot Gold Cups as well as landing four Goodwood Cups and three Yorkshire Cups, but a bruised foot means the son of Sea The Stars departs with seven Group One wins to his name.
“I’m on my way to Germany to ride Torquator Tasso in his prep for the Arc and have just got the news that the mighty Stradivarius has been retired. What can I say? He’s an absolute legend,” Dettori said.
“He’s been a huge part of my life for the last six years, a good friend and a wonderful horse that I’ve spent so many wonderful times with. I’ve never ridden a horse that’s given me so many Group wins, an amazing 15 in total.
“He was a brilliant stayer with a turn of foot like no other in that division, and he was able to win on all types of ground.”