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Toronado (left): ace miler was well beaten in Wednesday’s Juddmonte International

Declaration Of War (leading): could meet Al Kazeem at Leopardstown

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Kazeem and War could clash in Irish Champion

THE Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes or Prix Foy could be the next target for Al Kazeem according to trainer Roger Charlton, although the ground will have a major bearing on where the five-year-old lines up next.

Chasing a fourth straight victory at Group 1 level, Al Kazeem finished third in the Juddmonte International at York last Wednesday, with connections of the opinion that the good to firm ground was the major reason for the defeat.

Leopardstown's Irish Champion Stakes on September 7, or recognised Arc trial the Prix Foy at Longchamp were mentioned as possible targets by Charlton at Goodwood on Saturday, and he said: "He seems fine and whenever he runs we'll look for softer ground.

"He might go for the Irish Champion or the Prix Foy. I'm not sure about what happens next year. I'd love him to stay in training but he has nothing to prove. There's no decision at the moment."

Juddmonte International winner Declaration Of War is also under consideration for the Irish Champion Stakes, which could lead to a third meeting with Al Kazeem this season.

Runner-up to Al Kazeem in the Coral-Eclipse, Aidan O'Brien's four-year-old had his revenge at York, and the trainer said: "He hasn't lost any weight so the Irish Champion Stakes is certainly a big possibility for him at this stage."

However O'Brien wants quicker ground for his charge, which could scupper a potential rematch, as he added: "A lot depends on the ground and it will need to stay on the fast side for him. But he takes his races very well and I've been very happy with him over the last few days."

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