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Nathaniel Ready for Arc, Ground Permitting

Trainer John Gosden is hoping for softer ground in the Oct. 2 Arc de l'Triomphe.

By David Milnes

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Nathaniel pleased trainer John Gosden in a workout at Newbury racecourse on Sept. 22, but will need the ground to be right to line up in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on Oct. 2 at Longchamp.

Owned by Lady Rothschild and a son of Galileo—Magnificent Style, by Silver Hawk, Nathaniel is the 5-1 co-second favorite for the Paris showpiece and was the latest Arc contender to have an away day workout following Workforce’s trip to Sandown on Sept. 20.

The King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Eng-I) winner, who was ridden by William Buick in a move just in excess of a mile, was accompanied by last year’s St Leger hero Arctic Cosmos in his workout, which his trainer hopes has him spot on for the Arc—ground permitting.

Gosden said: “Newbury made us very welcome this morning and I was pleased with how Nathaniel went. He needed a change of scene, and I have taken horses to Newbury in the past before big races.”

The trainer has stated before how the 3-year-old Nathaniel prefers a softer surface and warned: “Nathaniel’s bid for the Arc is ground dependent so we will have to see what the weather does next week.”

Weather forecasts for Paris are predicting continuously sunny days from Sept. 28 through Oct. 2, with no chance of rain and high temperatures in the high 70s and low 80s.

Arctic Cosmos, an Irish-bred son of North Light —Fifth Avenue, by Marquetry, has not run since his victory in the St Leger last year but could make his comeback the day before the Arc at Ascot.

“Arctic Cosmos needed it more, and we hope to run him in the group III Cumberland Lodge Stakes at Ascot next week,” Gosden said.