All systems go for Novellist in the Arc
Last Updated: 04/09/13 4:45pm
Novellist: Arc favourite
Trainer Andreas Wohler remains confident there is lots of improvement in leading Arc contender Novellist following his workmanlike victory at Baden-Baden on Sunday.
The four-year-old was a scintillating winner of the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot in mid-July under Johnny Murtagh, rocketing him to the top of ante-post lists (4/1 favourite with Skybet) for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on October 6.
He was given his final prep race for Europe's premier middle-distance prize in last weekend's Grosser Preis von Baden and despite pulling for fiercely for his head in a slowly-run affair, he eventually wore down stable companion Seismos to score comfortably in the hands of Eduardo Pedroza.
Wohler said: "He has come out of the race well. There is nothing to complain about. We knew before the race it was going to be slow and the jockey made the best out of the situation.
"He will improve for the race, that was always the plan. Although it was a Group One and one of the biggest races in Germany, for him it was a prep race.
"In the end he did it quite well, the way we expected and now we look forward to Longchamp."
Wohler confirmed Murtagh will be back on board Novellist in France next month, as has been the plan since his Ascot romp.
"I've spoken to Johnny since the race and updated him on the horse and everything else. He will be riding him in the Arc," he said.
The trainer was also pleased with the effort of Seismos, who had previously won a Group One in Munich.
"He ran a very good race and his next race will be the Canadian International at Woodbine. Andrea Atzeni will hopefully ride him again," said Wohler.