Postponed will head straight to the Arc for trainer Roger Varian
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By Graham Dench 7:20aM 22 AUG 2016
TRAINER Roger Varian has Postponed’s sights firmly fixed on the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and believes the five-year-old’s versatility means the race’s temporary home at Chantilly will present no problems.
Winner of the Juddmonte International at York, Postponed showed his liking for Longchamp, the Arc’s usual home, last year when winning the Prix Foy but will have no experience of Chantilly, where the race is being held this year while construction work is carried out at Longchamp.
“I don’t see Chantilly presenting any issues,” Varian said on Sunday. “He’s shown how versatile he is on a variety of different of tracks and, although I expect it will be a maximum field, I don’t see it as a problem. We have to get him there in the best possible shape, then anything but heavy [ground] should be fine.
“I think he’ll go straight for the Arc. He’ll tick over for a week or two and as his races have been so well spaced out he won’t need too much of a break. The Arc’s only six weeks away.”
QEII on Mutakayyef agenda
A drop in trip is being planned for Mutakayyef, who was denied a clear run in the closing stages when third to Postponed in the International on Wednesday.
His trainer William Haggas said: “He ran a fantastic race and he could run anywhere, so long as it’s decent ground. If he goes to Ascot [for Champions Day] it will probably be for the QEII over a mile but the ground is important to him.”
Haggas was also delighted with the performance of Yorker, who finished second in the Group 3 Strensall Stakes on his first start for the trainer after over 800 days off.
“He was a bit fitter than I thought, but too fresh,” Haggas said. “We’ve had a few battles as he’s not been very sound, but I see him as an international horse if we can confirm the York run.
“I don’t think he’ll go to Dubai as he’s been before and it didn’t work out, but I don’t see why he can’t go for something like the Woodbine Mile, or to Hong Kong if he’s invited.”
Haggas expects to step Convivial Maiden winner Rivet up in grade for the Group 2 Champagne Stakes at Doncaster.
Lockheed, third in the Acomb Stakes, is also under consideration for the race along with a Listed contest at the same meeting, which Rivet could also go for.