Al Kazeem is on target for Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
Last Updated: September 30, 2013 10:17am
Al Kazeem: In fantastic condition ahead of the Arc
Roger Charlton's Al Kazeem remains on target for Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp after pleasing in a workout with Prix de l'Opera-bound stable companion Thistle Bird over the weekend.
"They both worked well on Saturday morning over eight furlongs on our summer gallops, which are in fantastic condition," the Beckhampton trainer told his website, www.rogercharlton.com.
"Although Al Kazeem has had some tough races and on ground faster than he would have preferred, from what I can see he still retains his enthusiasm and his speed figures compared well on Saturday morning with his work before both the Prince of Wales's Stakes and the Eclipse.
"The Arc will be his seventh race of the season but only his 15th race spread over four seasons.
"It is never an exact science to know whether a horse has gone over the top or about to produce another high-class performance but the vibes are good.
"There is no disputing that this year's race is going to be contested by the best horses in Europe and two very smart colts from Japan.
"His class has enabled him to win his Group One races over 10 furlongs but I also think he is capable of excelling over twelve furlongs as he did in the Jockey Club Stakes.
"We will need all the assistance we can get in Europe's most exciting race but some ease in the ground and going right handed will help him."