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Friday 16 September 2016

Weld Gives Green Light for Harzand Arc Run

Despite a recent eighth place finish in the Irish Champion Stakes, trainer Dermot Weld has revealed that he still intends to run Harzand in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly next month. Weld revealed that the dual derby winner had been part of a collision at Leopardstown, and was found to be lame on inspection after the race. The three year old is among the favourites in the horse racing betting odds among bookmakers for the world’s most iconic race, and should well make up part of the line-up if he continues to progress well following his latest outing.

Despite being behind the likes of Postponed and Almanzor in the running at present, odds of 10/1 with online betting certainly look worth backing, given the credentials of Weld’s prized asset. Having won the Irish Champion Stakes ahead of rivals Found and Minding over the weekend, Jean-Claude Rouget’s horse is unsurprisingly given odds of just 5/1 at Betway to claim another famous victory.

Meanwhile, leading the pack at present is Juddmonte International hero Postponed, with trainer Roger Varian talking up his chances of victory after a recent success at York. Having already claimed the Coronation Cup, Dubai Sheema Classic and Dubai City of Gold among others so far this year, Postponed is at just 3/1 in the horse racing betting with Betway, with many pundits convinced that the five-year-old will come out on top once more.

Elsewhere, La Cressonniere emphatically entered Arc contention recently, with a hugely impressive victory in the Group 2 Prix de la Nonette at Deauville. Unbeaten in six starts, including the Group 1 Prix de Diane at Chantilly in June, three-year-old is yet another potential winner for Frenchman Rouget. For those of you looking to back a potential outsider come October, back La Cressonniere now, with odds at Betway falling all the time.

Despite losing out to Wicklow Brave in the Irish St Leger this past weekend, as well as having been handed the top weight for November's Melbourne Cup, Order of St George remains in contention for the race at Chantilly, and is seen as the 25/1 outsider at Betway. With trainer Aidan O’Brien looking set to choose the event at Flemington over the French Classic, odds of 16/1 for Order of St George to win the Melbourne Classic certainly look favourable at this moment.


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