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Left Hand out of Arc. Others stand ground

27 September 2017

Little information was gleaned after Tuesday’s second forfeit stage for next weekend’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly. The only piece of news to have come from France Galop was that 2016 Prix Vermeille winner, Left Hand, was no longer a candidate for Sunday’s €5m showpiece. She will instead be aimed at the 2000m (1¼m) Prix de l’Opéra on the same card. By 11.30 a.m. today, Wednesday, John Gosden’s star filly will, in all probability be supplemented at a cost of €120,000.
As for Cloth Of StarsGodolphin’s French representative, Lisa-Jane Graffard, confirmed that he would be taking his place in the line-up in four days time. “On Tuesday, he worked together with Talismanic at Chantilly and Mr. Fabre was very happy with the way they performed. We were encouraged by his Prix Foy run, considering that he really needed the race. He pulled at the start but finished nicely behind the German horse, Dschingis Secret. We expect to him to show progress in the Arc.”
As for the going, the penetrometer recorded a measurement of 3.7, which equates to soft. Racecourse director, Matthieu Vincent, commented, “Sunday’s weather looks unsettled at this point and it keeps changing. Whatever happens, the ground will be between 3.5 and 3.7, unless it pours down on the day.”
Picture: Cloth of Stars all set for Sunday showpiece