Irish Champion may be next for Arabian Queen


Arabian Queen gets the better of Golden Horn (left) at York

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ARABIAN QUEEN, the filly who sensationally ended the unbeaten record of Derby winner Golden Horn at York last week, is under serious consideration for the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes, owner-breeder Jeff Smith revealed on Tuesday night.

The David Elsworth-trained three-year-old, who denied Golden Horn in the Juddmonte International by a neck as a 50-1 shot after a thrilling tussle, would need to be supplemented to the Leopardstown showpiece on Saturday fortnight – but the €75,000 gamble could be worth taking according to Smith.

He said: “We might go to Ireland – why not? We’ve already beaten the favourite Golden Horn. I haven’t sat down with the trainer yet but we’ve chatted a few times. We’d have to supplement her, but if it’s wet, who’s running? Would they run Gleneagles on soft? And there’d have to be a doubt about Golden Horn you’d imagine.”

If connections opt for France the following day, there is the equally exciting prospect of a dust-up with Treve, Smith adding: “We’ve put her in the Prix Vermeille today.”


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