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Thursday 23rd August 2018
Sea Of Class Cruises into Arc Picture

When you consider that this year's Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe could be a showdown between Enable, Cracksman, Roaring Lion, Sea Of Class, Lah Ti Dar, Poet's Word and Crystal Ocean, it would appear that the British team has a good chance of bringing the prize home.

Sea Of Class
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Sea Of Class

Sea Of Class destroyed a quality field in the Yorkshire Oaks, with a blistering turn of foot to win impressively under James Doyle.

Sea Of Class's trainer William Haggas said: “You always hope they are going to do something like that, but she really was impressive. She was the best of the lot.

“He (Doyle) was coming a bit early but when he said, ‘Go’, she really picked up.

“She’s got a great turn of foot and she’s a strong traveller. 

“She’s not in the Arc yet and I stress it is a ‘yet’. There is a lot of water to pass under the bridge, but I imagine Mrs Tsui will be keen to pay the supplementary fee.

“The plan is to keep her in training next season, but if she won everything this year then it might be different.”

Reflecting further on the manner of the victory, Haggas said: “It’s a front-runners’ track here, but she was devastating.

“She didn’t half pick up when he asked her. I thought she looked better today in the paddock. I thought at the Curragh you could see every rib. You could see a couple today. She’s doing really well, this filly. 

“She’s not been the easiest. She’s a bit of a tail swisher, but she stands as still as a rock to be saddled and is as cool as a cucumber.

“She’s a very good filly and we’ve a lot to look forward to.”

Sea Of Class is now favourite for the Arc with many bookmakers so it would make sense to get a bet365 bonus code to get involved.

Roaring Lion
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Roaring Lion
John Gosden's Roaring Lion followed up success in the Coral Eclipse at Sandown to blitz the field in the Juddmonte International at York and must surely come into the Arc reckoning.

"He'd been training exceptionally well, and we made no secret," said Gosden, who enjoyed what he saw as much as everyone else. "Kieran O'Neill is the man who needs a lot of congratulations here, along with Ben, who looks after him—they've done a wonderful job with him.

"I had a difficult spring with him. It was horrible, cold, and wet, and he wasn't enjoying it, but he's just got better and better, and this wasn't a fluke. He threw away the Racing Post Trophy and wasn't really with me at the time of the Craven and the QIPCO 2000 Guineas, but my God, the Guineas put him right.

"He was the last one off the bridle in the (Investec) Derby (G1) but plainly didn't stay, but he's won an Eclipse and now the Juddmonte. He's got a massive middle and has got bigger and stronger as the year has gone on. The curve was upward all the way, and this is a much better horse than the one who ran at Sandown. I was expecting a big performance, and we got one."