ANOTHER three chunk the mud because the potential l’Arc de Triomphe discipline was whittled all the way down to 19.
Aidan O’Brien has left 5 within the race however took Flag Of Honour out on the second forfeit stage.
His group for the ParisLongchamp showpiece appears set to be led by Kew Gardens and Capri, however his Irish St Leger winner Flag Of Honour was taken out with the French pair of Kitesurf and Bateel.
Regardless of the Andre Fabre-trained Prix Vermeille winner Kitesurf being a no present, the grasp coach might give the house group one thing to shout about with the excessive profile trio of Material Of Stars, Waldgeist and Talismanic all standing their floor.
The opposite contender to overlook out is Bateel, winner of final yr’s Prix Vermeille for Francis Graffard, leaving 19 contenders for the middle-distance championship.
The French mare is more likely to head to Ascot for an additional crack on the Fillies & Mares Group 1 race on October 20.
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Wednesday marks the supplementary stage for the Arc, with William Haggas confirming on Monday that he expects Sea Of Class to be added to the field to take on defending champ Enable.
The ground at ParisLongchamp since its reopening has come in for criticism in some quarters.
And on Tuesday it was revealed the rail which has been in use all season will be pushed out for Saturday’s races, while it will be taken away completely for Sunday, leaving a strip of fresh ground.
France Galop’s Managing Director Olivier Delloye said: “It is our duty to provide the best possible ground for all competitors so that they can all give their best.
“The introduction of the open stretch, even without a widened rail, would not allow us to take full advantage of a portion of ground completely new next to the rail.
“The open stretch naturally leads the horses to a section of the track that has been used intensively since the spring. We have decided to give up the open stretch the day before too.
“The open stretch has considerably improved the regularity of the races, but the top priority is the quality of the course we offer. When the two do not prove compatible, the choice imposes itself.”