Sport Horse Racing

Saturday 25 November 2017

Oxx - Arazan still has a long way to go

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

John Oxx has still to make a decision on the future for Arazan following his creditable comeback effort at the Curragh on Sunday.

The Currabeg handler never made any secret of the regard in which he held the four-year-old at the start of 2009, even stating that there was very little between him and future wonder horse Sea The Stars.

But while the latter went on to ensure his name would go down in racing folklore, a number of setbacks meant Arazan missed the entire campaign and he made his first start of this season in the Solonaway Stakes at the weekend.

There was some encouragement to be taken from his fourth place finish behind Steinbeck, but Oxx admits he is still a shadow of his former self.

"He was fine this morning and he ran OK. He ran like he's been working and ran like a horse whose been off the track for two years," said Oxx.

"He just tired a bit at the end and we've not made a decision yet on what we're going to do.

"We're just going to see how he comes out of the race and how he works. He did run OK but it's still a long way behind what he would have been able to achieve last spring.

"He's a long way to come back and he's a lot of improvement to do, so we'll just have to see when we work him again how much of that improvement he's made.

"He hasn't got many entries at the moment and I'm going to have to make a pretty quick decision on what we're going to do."

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