Tuesday, 24 July 2012
: Connections of Melbourne Cup winner Dunaden are unlikely to return to Australia, indicating they prefer him to go down the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe route after his sixth in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot last weekend.
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Owner Sheikh Fahad's racing manager, David Redvers, said: "There's no definite decision yet as I haven't had chance to speak to Sheikh Fahad but my inclination would be to stick to the original target.
"We didn't learn a great deal. Dunaden
had no cover at all and was in front a long way out, which made him the rabbit for the others to aim at.
"He loves to come from behind and pass horses so it was a bit of a farce.
"My feeling is to stick to the original plan of the Arc and he'll probably run in the Prix Foy beforehand."
Ebor favourite Mount Athos
, a likely Melbourne Cup contender in November, is set to miss the prestigious handicap at York.
The son of Montjeu is unbeaten in two starts since joining the Luca Cumani stable and slammed his rivals by four lengths over the Ebor course and distance last week.
Mount Athos would have to carry a penalty in the Ebor for his latest win and while Cumani needs to run him again to qualify for the Melbourne Cup he now prefers the G3 Ballyroan Stakes at Leopardstown in Ireland on August 9.
"I can't run Mount Athos in the Ebor as he already has top weight and another 6lb penalty would kill him," Cumani said.
"We will have to look elsewhere but quite where that is I don't know."
King George second Nathaniel
could take on Frankel in the Juddmonte International at York after he failed by the narrowest of margins to land back-to-back renewals when beaten a nose by last year's Arc winner Danedream.
The John Gosden-trained four-year-old, who won the Eclipse Stakes two weeks earlier, could also renew his rivalry with Danedream at Longchamp in October.
"The races we are looking at for him are the Juddmonte International, the Arc and the Champion Stakes double at Leopardstown and Newmarket," Gosden said.
"He will probably run in two of those races."Brown Panther
has the Irish St Leger at the Curragh on September 15 as his aim after his fine run for seventh in the King George.
Trainer Tom Dascombe is also eyeing a tilt at the Breeders' Cup Marathon at Santa Anita in November for the four-year-old.
"We're looking at the Irish St Leger for him," said Dascombe.
"That looks the obvious thing to do next. After that I think we may look at running him in the Breeders' Cup Marathon.
"I was really proud of him, he was beaten by some very, very good horses.
"It was a solid performance and it makes his flop at Chester all the more strange.
"He's back to his best now."