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Al Kazeem To Avoid Quick Ground
UK trainer Roger Charlton has confirmed he will not race three-time Gr1-winner Al Kazeem (Dubawi-Kazeem, by Darshaan) on fast ground again this season to ensure the star galloper is at his peak for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe come October, reports racingpost.com. The 5YO winner of the Tattersalls Gold Cup, Prince Of Wales's Stakes & Eclipse Stakes is currently enjoying a well-deserved rest in readiness for an autumn campaign that will encompass some of Europe's most prestigious races. Charlton commented, "We've seen a few races this week when horses haven't produced their form on fast ground and that can happen. He really wants good or good to soft ground and I don't think I'll get away with running him for a fourth time on really quick ground... Hopefully by August or September we'll have some really nice, fresh ground and he can go for the Juddmonte International or the Irish Champion Stakes". Charlton also put an end to speculation about an Australian trip for Al Kazeem, ruling out a start in the WS Cox Plate.