William Haggas has suggested Sea Of Class will run in next month’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp so long as decent ground prevails in France.
The Newmarket handler feels his Irish and Yorkshire Oaks-winning filly has a top of the ground action that would likely be blunted should she run on soft going.
Haggas has also revealed the daughter of Sea The Stars is likely to be returning to training for a four-year-old campaign next season, ensuring he’d have no hesitations in skipping the Arc this term if needs be.
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Sea Of Class is trading at 9/2 with Betfred to win the Arc on Sunday October 7th at the newly refurbished Longchamp and Haggas says that is currently her intended target, with connections ready to stump up the €120,000 supplementary fee that will be required four days before the race.
They won’t be coughing up the fee however if the skies have opened in Paris by that point.
“I think there’s every likelihood that if she’s OK, she’ll be supplemented for the Arc, but I’m very concerned about the ground. I can’t believe it’s still dry and it’s not going to stay dry for long I’m sure,” Haggas told At The Races.
“If the ground is good or faster on Arc day and she’s OK, then she’ll be there.
“Very few horses are very effective on fast and soft ground. I suspect she won’t like it (soft ground), her action suggests she flicks off the top of the ground.
“There’s every chance now we’re going to keep her as a four-year-old so if it’s soft, it’s a lot of money to supplement and we can go next year.”
Written by Enda McElhinney
Enda McElhinney is an Irish-based racing writer with an increasing portfolio of work on British and Irish racing. His daily routine is race-by-race form analysis, both on the Flat and over jumps. While the racing world must keep on turning, he is quite sure that no horse will ever pull at his heartstrings quite as much as the 2008 Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Denman.