Golden Horn possible contender for the Arc

Golden Horn possible contender for the Arc

Golden Horn could travel to France for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe without another run if conditions turn against him in the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes.

If Golden Horn was forced to bypass the Irish Champion, owner Anthony Oppenheimer would be unfazed by the prospect of charting a direct route to the Arc on October 4.

Should it also get too wet at Longchamp, the son of Cape Cross still has the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot a fortnight later as a viable alternative.

Oppenheimer said: “Sometimes in racing not everything goes smoothly, and things did not go smoothly at York.

“The horse was still very valiant in defeat, though, and was not beaten by very far at all.

“You cannot win them all, and it was a very exciting race to watch.

“The plan now is to go to Ireland, where we hope they will have an Indian summer.

“Leopardstown is a very good track and drains very well so we hope the ground will be fine for him.

“If we cannot travel to Ireland because of the ground, that (going straight to the Arc) is a possibility.

“There is also the Champion Stakes to fall back on, so the horse still has plenty of options.”

Betting odds:

Treve 2/1 – BET HERE!

Jack Hobbs 7/1 – BET HERE!

Golden Horn 10/1 – BET HERE!