Tuesday 24 October 2017

Workforce not certain for US trip

Ashley Iveson

Connections of Workforce have yet to commit to a run in the Breeders' Cup Turf -- despite the colt impressing in a workout at Newmarket yesterday morning.

Michael Stoute's stable star has enjoyed a hugely successful season already having supplemented his Epsom Derby success with victory in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, and he could now head to Churchill Downs on November 6.

The son of King's Best headed for Racecourse Side for a gallop on grass over nine furlongs, joined by stable companions Ithinkbest and Confront. Settled at the rear of the trio early on by Ryan Moore, the three-year-old quickened up impressively to power clear.

Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Prince Khalid Abdullah, will now consult with the owner and trainer before making a final decision on whether he will be given the green light for a trans-Atlantic mission.

"The horse worked fine but there is nothing else to say at the moment," said Grimthorpe. "As soon as there is something more to say, I will let everyone know."

Cue Card has been declared to have his first run over hurdles at Aintree today. Although discounted in the betting, Cue Card became Colin Tizzard's first Cheltenham Festival winner when pulling right away in the Champion Bumper.

Tizzard has been waiting for an ease in conditions around the country but with the going currently rated as good, good to soft in places in Liverpool, Jean Bishop's four-year-old takes his chance in the Novices' Hurdle.

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