Weld and O’Brien mulling Arc options

Dermot Weld will give Harzand a crucial workout on Tuesday after which a decision will be made as to whether the dual Derby hero takes his chance in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Weld reports the Classic-winning colt to be recovering well from the cut he sustained when unplaced in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown earlier this month.

Should Harzand please connections in the gallop, then he will bid for top honours in Europe's premier middle-distance race, which will be run at Chantilly on Sunday due to major redevelopment work at Longchamp.

Weld said: "Harzand is well and will do a bit of work on Tuesday. Hopefully they get some rain in Paris.

"He'll do some work on Tuesday morning and we'll see how he is. The little 'v' shape cut he got is healing well. There's quite a bit of bruising. It's nearly all gone. Providing we're happy with him on Tuesday, I'd say he'd be all set."

Fascinating Rock is also a possible for the Arc, although he has the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot on October 15 – a race he won last year – as an alternative target.

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The Rosewell handler added: "Fascinating Rock could work on Tuesday as well and may go for the Arc or the Champion Stakes."

Aidan O'Brien looks set to have three leading chances in the race.

The Chantilly showpiece is on the agenda for Gold Cup winner Order Of St George, together with King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes victor Highland Reel and top-class filly Found, who has finished second on her last five outings, all at Group One level.

O'Brien's star three-year-old filly Minding has a number of options at Ascot on Champions Day.

The Ballydoyle trainer said: "Order Of St George, Found and Highland Reel are in the mix at the moment for the Arc.

"Minding may run next at Ascot. She has three options with the Fillies And Mares, Champion Stakes and the QEII.

"Promise To Be True could go for the Boussac (at Chantilly), and we will decide on other plans for France during the week."

Meanwhile, O'Brien reported his Cheveley Park Stakes one-two Brave Anna and Roly Poly to have taken their exertions at Newmarket on Saturday well.

He added: "All the horses have come out of their races well at Newmarket yesterday. The two fillies, Brave Anna and Roly Poly, could go to the Breeders' Cup. Fast ground in Santa Anita would suit them."

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