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Quartet Of Options For O'Brien In Arc
Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien has four horses still in contention for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe with plans as to who will start likely to be confirmed next week, reports sportinglife.com. Ballydoyle's leading protagonists for this year's French showpiece are Derby hero Ruler Of The World, Leading Light, Kingsbarns & Camelot. "At the moment we have in the mix Ruler Of The World, Leading Light, Camelot and Kingsbarns. Camelot will only run if the ground is good or better," explained O'Brien, who will be seeking his second Arc success after winning the race in 2007 with Dylan Thomas. "Leading Light will have to be supplemented and he will work next week before any decision is made. He's lazy but is not short of class." Of the quartet, O'Brien seemed least certain of Kingsbarns' prospects, the winner of the Gr1 Racing Post Trophy who was most disappointing in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown last start. "It would be a big call after Leopardstown and he's also in the Champion Stakes at Ascot," O'Brien said. "We have always thought the world of him. He seemed to bang his knees together crossing the road down the back straight at Leopardstown. Joseph (O'Brien) waited about a furlong to see if his action would come back but the race was over then and he looked after him."