Flintshire strolling home in the Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp last monthPICTURE: Scoop Dyga
'We've got to be very positive about Flintshire'
CONNECTIONS of Flintshire have issued an ultra-positive bulletin on their exicting three-year-old, who is disputing favouritism for the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe with stunning King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Novellist.
A Khalid Abdullah homebred, the Andre Fabre-trained Flintshire earned quotes of 5-1 for the Arc after an impressive win in the Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp last month.
Like Novellist, he is a general 5-1 chance for the Arc, while Al Kazeem, Orfevre and Treve are all prominent in the betting for Europe's richest race which is shaping up to be a cracker.
In line with many of his master trainer's Arc contenders, Flintshire is having a summer break before returning to action in the Prix Niel in September.
"He's in very good form," Abdullah's racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe said on Sunday.
"He came out of the Grand Prix de Paris in very good shape.
"He'll go for the Prix Niel and then the Arc. He's got a wonderfully good stride and quickened off a slow pace at Longchamp.
"We've got to be very positive about him."
Fabre, who has captured the Arc a record seven times, provided Abdullah with the third of his four wins in the race with Rail Link in 2006.