Three horses taken out of Sundays Qatar Prix de lArc de Triomphe at Longchamp

    There were three withdrawals at the latest forfeit stage for the French feature.

    They were Gerard Butler’s Tinaar, the Pascal Bary-trained Dariole and Marsh Side, trained in America by Neil Drysdale. The going at the Paris track was on Wednesday described as soft, with more forecast for the weekend.

    “We have had a little shower (on Wednesday) and also some sun but it is not great for the weekend with rain,” said Longchamp clerk of the course Christian Delporte.

    “The ground is soft and with the rain on Saturday it’s probably very soft. The condition of the track is not good. I think it is soft, but it will be OK.”

    Derby winner Workforce’s participation in Sunday’s Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp still hangs in the balance, with a decision on his trip to Paris scheduled to be made on Thursday.

    The Sir Michael Stoute-trained colt flopped in the King George at Ascot on his only run since his Epsom heroics, although he has been the subject of positive bulletins in his recent work.

    Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah, said: “From what I’m told he’s due to have a blow-out on Thursday. It’s not going to be anything major and there will be no decision until then.”

    As short as 5-1 in places with the High Street firms, the King’s Best colt has been uneasy on the exchanges, touching as high as 14-1 on Betfair at one stage, albeit to what the firm describe as “not substantial” monies.

     

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