New Bay on course for the Arc

Connections will mull over the options for Midterm after the one-time leading Classic hope made a pleasing return from injury at Chantilly on Sunday.

New Bay will line up at Chantilly

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained colt was having his first race for four months when running Japanese raider Makahiki to a neck in the Prix Niel after making most of the running in a five-runner field.

He had been sidelined with a stress fracture to his pelvis sustained when beaten in the Dante Stakes at York in May which forced him to miss the Investec Derby.

"Midterm has come out of the race well. There's no decision on where he runs yet," said Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah.

Midterm currently holds entries in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe back at Chantilly on October 2 and the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot 13 days later.

Abdullah already has one confirmed Arc starter in New Bay, who warmed up for a second crack at that race after being third 12 months ago when fourth to Almanzor in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.

"New Bay will head to the Arc, but that will have no bearing on whether Midterm goes there," said Grimthorpe.

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