O'Brien outlines Arc options
Published 22/09/2013 | 18:51
Aidan O'Brien has four horses "in the mix" for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe with running plans likely to be firmed up next week.
The Ballydoyle trainer is seeking a second Arc after Dylan Thomas in 2007, and at this stage can call on Ruler Of The World, Leading Light, Kingsbarns and Camelot, although ground conditions are crucial to the latter.
Epsom Derby hero Ruler Of The World stated his case when narrowly beaten in the Prix Niel, while Queen's Vase winner Leading Light landed the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster to earn a possible supplementary entry for the Longchamp showpiece on October 6.
O'Brien said: "At the moment we have in the mix Ruler Of The World, Leading Light, Camelot and Kingsbarns. Camelot will only run if the ground is good or better.
"Leading Light will have to be supplemented and he will work next week before any decision is made. He's lazy but is not short of class."
One-time Derby favourite Kingsbarns has had just one run since winning last year's Racing Post Trophy, that when a heavily-eased last of six in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.
O'Brien said: "It would be a big call after Leopardstown and he's also in the Champion Stakes at Ascot.
"We have always thought the world of him, he seemed to bang his knees together crossing the road down the back straight at Leopardstown. Joseph (O'Brien) waited about a furlong to see if his action would come back but the race was over then and he looked after him."
O'Brien added that he was likely to be represented by Wonderfully in the Shadwell Fillies' Mile at Newmarket on Friday but that Darwin and Cristoforo Colombo were set to bypass the Joel Stakes on the same card.