Workforce trainer fearing fast ground in the Arc

We are fast approaching the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe with the Longchamp extravaganza taking place on Sunday and there are currently 14 horses that are entered into the Group 1 race. Among them is Workforce, the four-year-old who ran second behind Nathaniel in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, with connections expecting a big race when they…

We are fast approaching the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe with the Longchamp extravaganza taking place on Sunday and there are currently 14 horses that are entered into the Group 1 race.

Among them is Workforce, the four-year-old who ran second behind Nathaniel in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, with connections expecting a big race when they take him to France this weekend.

However, Sir Michael Stoute has not been pleased to see the sun shining over the past few days, leading to concerns that the ground might be a bit quick for a horse that won the race last year.

“I’ve been really happy with his preparation, but disappointed to hear about the weather forecast because he’s a big heavy horse and we do like good ground for him,” Stoute told At The Races.

“We’re a long way from it at the moment and someone’s going to have a look at the track and give us an update.

“I am concerned about the ground.

“We’re very happy with his condition and it looks a particularly strong renewal of the Arc this year.

“It’s disappointing we’re having this Indian summer in Paris.

“He’s had a nice break after the King George, like he did last year, and I’ve been very happy with his preparation.”

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