Sir Michael Stoute’s Ulysses has the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe as an option before the Breeders’ Cup


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Sir Michael Stoute’s four-year-old finished second to Enable in the King George before winning the Juddmonte International on his latest start

TRAINER Sir Michael Stoute has revealed it is “very possible” that Ulysses will run in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

Stoute’s four-year-old has excelled this season and was last seen winning the Juddmonte International. 

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Ulysses now has the Arc as an option

Connections had suggested the Breeders’ Cup Turf on November 4 was his target, but Stoute confirmed the Arc is also on his agenda.

He said: “The Arc is very possible and we’re aiming for that at the moment.


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Ulysses still has the Breeders’ Cup as his main aim

“The Breeders’ Cup is not until five weeks after the Arc, so there’s plenty of time between both races.”

John Gosden also had an update on Enable, who is the favourite for the Arc.

Gosden said: “All being well, she’s pointing for the Arc three weeks today.



Enable is in great form at home

“She’s very relaxed in her work and everything she does. We didn’t want to go from the King George straight to the Arc, so she went up there (York) and we were able to tick her over.

“She was forced to make her own pace, but she did it very well and she was a little bit bored in the last two furlongs. She took the race very well and quickly got back to her normal weight.

“We’re now in the build up to the Arc and she will start doing some more important work this week.”

Gosden also had news on Cracksman who impressed in the Prix Niel at Chantilly but is not certain to head for the Arc.



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Gosden added: “I do not necessarily want to commit to the Arc. If it was at Longchamp, I would probably not hesitate, but Chantilly is a very different track and possibly his Arc is next year, but no decision will be made until later on.

“He’s in the Champion Stakes as well and he’s already a winner over a mile and a quarter.

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“The key thing about Ascot is the draw. You don’t want to be drawn wide as it cost Jack Hobbs (when third in 2015) being drawn wide as a three-year-old.

“There are a number of decisions to be made, but I’ll be in no rush.”

All three possible Arc contenders galloped in front of the public on Warren Hill as part of Newmarket’s Open Weekend.

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