Found still on target for Ascot

Aidan O'Brien says no decisions about his QIPCO Champions Day team are to be made until next week – but that Found remains in the mix.

Found beats Highland Reel at Chantilly.

The Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner last year took the same route via the QIPCO Champion Stakes, in which she finished second to Fascinating Rock, on her way to winning the Breeders' Cup Turf and O'Brien is looking at the same route 12 months on.

"Last year she ran in all of those races. That's the way she is, you know," he told Sportinglife.com.

"We've all known a long time that she is incredible. She is the most genuine horse I have ever, ever seen. When you drop her down, she empties the tank, you know, and the problem is not to let her empty too quick, you know. She gives everything. She goes right to the bottom. Very, very unusual.

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"The Arc was always her plan and all of the rest of the races on the way to the Arc."

Found could still run in either the Champion Stakes or the British Champion Fillies & Mares Stakes, depending upon how O'Brien decides to play his other cards at the meeting.

"Found has two options," he said. "US Army Ranger has one option in the Champion. Seventh Heaven has one option in the Fillies and Mares, Minding could go in one of three races.

"They'll do a little bit early in the week and the lads will decide what they want to do on Wednesday evening I would imagine.

"I don't think dropping back to a mile [in the QEII] would bother Minding. She ran a mile and a quarter last time so if the lads want to do that it won't be a problem."

Plans remain less certain though for the two horses that chased Found home at Chantilly.

"With Order Of St George, we haven't really looked at anything with him since he ran so it will probably be late weekend before we see where we are," said the trainer. "I think Highland Reel might go straight to the Breeders' Cup Turf."

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