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Workforce trainers to decide over inclusion after Arc run

Epsom Winner could be headed stateside after win in Longchamp.

England's Ryan Moore on Workforce (L) crosses the finish line to win the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
England's Ryan Moore on Workforce (L) crosses the finish line to win the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
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A DECISION IS to be made on Workforce’s inclusion in the Breeder’s Cup Turf next month after the Michael Stoute-trained horse won the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp.

Workforce had a poor showing in the King George at Ascot but could now be installed as one of favourites for next month’s race at Churchill Downs should he run.

“The Breeders’ Cup could be possible, but we’ll have to see how he is over the next couple of weeks” said Teddy Grimthorpe, trainer to Workforce owner Khalid Abdullah.

Phil Smith, head of handicapping at the British Horseracing Authority, says that Workforce at least equalled his win in the Epsom Derby with his performance at Longchamp.

“After his Derby win I had him on 128 and that was pretty much agreed by all the international handicappers, but initially, when the Derby form didn’t seem to work out too cleverly at first and Workforce ran so disappointingly at Ascot, we dropped him back to 126. After this win it’s pretty easy to get him back to at least 128, which was his Derby rating, and now the Derby form doesn’t look as bad as people thought.”

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