Arc bid remains Order Of St George’s target

Part-owner Lloyd Williams stressed it was highly unlikely that Order Of St George will run in the Emirates Melbourne Cup.

Aidan O'Brien's prolific Ascot Gold Cup winner has entered quarantine at his Ballydoyle base, but Williams insists a tilt at the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly was still the main target.

He told racing.com: "He's a 95% chance of not coming (to Australia) but he has gone into quarantine.

"He's more than likely to run in the Arc, but he's in (quarantine) as an insurance as the Arc is being run in Chantilly this year and so we'll keep an eye on the weather and the track."

Order Of St George had won six races on the spin, but suffered a shock defeat on Irish Champions Weekend at the Curragh when he found Wicklow Brave half a length too good in the Irish St Leger.

The four-year-old colt, who would have to carry top weight in the Melbourne Cup, featured amongst 58 horses in the hunt for the Caulfield Cup on 15 October.

Stablemates Highland Reel and Sir Isaac Newton are still in the hat for the valuable handicap, as is the Godolphin-owned Scottish, trained by Charlie Appleby.

Appleby said: "Scottish is going out to Australia and hopefully his first run will be in the Caulfield Cup.

"He is the main contender going out there for us.

"Once we run in the Caulfield Cup he could go to the Melbourne Cup but he is also entered in the Emirates Stakes, formerly the Mackinnon Stakes.

"We will assess his options after the Caulfield Cup as that is his main target."

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