Midterm is still in the Arc picture but no decision has been made
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By Scott Burton 9:13AM 22 SEP 2016
The potential shape of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe has come a little more sharply into focus with the news that last year’s third, New Bay, is an intended runner.
But owner/breeder Khalid Abdullah is yet to give the green light for Midterm to join him in the lineup at Chantilly a week on Sunday.
New Bay stayed on best of those ridden prominently to be fourth behind Almanzor in the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes, while Midterm went down by a neck to Makahiki in the Prix Niel, his first start since sustaining a pelvic injury at York in May.
“Midterm has come out of the race fine but we are going to see and he is not yet confirmed,” said Abdullah’s racing manager Teddy Beckett. “It will be down to the horse himself. He is coming back after a break and it is just a question of whether it is the right thing to do to stick him in the deep end so soon after coming back.”
New Bay is a best-priced 20-1 to give trainer Andre Fabre an eighth winner in the Arc.
Speaking at Maisons-Laffitte on Wednesday evening, Beckett said: “We were very pleased with New Bay and it was really his first proper race of the year. He has come out of the race really well, he looks great and has been training well. All being well we certainly intend to run him.”
The first forfeit stage for the €5 million showpiece is next Tuesday morning.