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O'Brien keeps six in Arc

So You Think heads a team of six horses from the Aidan O'Brien stable who are among 19 still left in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on Sunday.

St Nicholas Abbey, Treasure Beach, Regent Street, Seville and Wonder Of Wonders are the others from the Ballydoyle yard.

Ante-post favourite Sarafina, who finished a luckless third in Europe's premier middle-distance prize a year ago, and last year's winner Workforce are strong contenders still in the field.

Workforce, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, needs to bounce back, having been beaten in the King George at Ascot on his latest appearance.

All the other major initial entries have stood their ground, including Ed Dunlop's star filly Snow Fairy, but Godolphin do not intend to run Casamento, who went some way to repairing his reputation when successful at the track earlier this month.

Sarafina's trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre has a strong hand with Reliable Man and Shareta also in the mix, while Japanese raiders Hiruno D'Amour and Nakayama Festa are other intriguing contenders.

There is still the chance for horses to be supplemented for the race, but connections of those runners will have to stump up 100,000 euros by Thursday. Andre Fabre's Meandre and John Gosden's King George hero Nathaniel fall into this bracket.

The Newmarket handler's racing secretary, Peter Shoemark, said: "If Nathaniel is going to run he'll have to be supplemented on Thursday, but we're monitoring the weather."

Even if Nathaniel does not take his chance, Gosden could still be represented by Arctic Cosmos, who has not been seen since winning last year's St Leger.

Shoemark added: "He's been left in at this stage. We want to have a look at it. He's in the Arc and also in the Cumberland Lodge at Ascot on Saturday, so hopefully he runs somewhere this weekend."


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