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Libaud bullish about Arc hope Vision D'Etat

ERIC LIBAUD reported on Saturday that the unbeaten Vision D'Etat had "come on enormously" for his win in last Sunday's Prix Niel at Longchamp.

The son of Chichicastenango, whose six wins have included success in the Prix du Jockey-Club in June, is a top-priced 9-1 with William Hill for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Libaud said: "He is very well and I can see he has come on enormously for his run at Longchamp last week. His legs are perfect but I would like some rain before the Arc as he didn't have a very good action in the Niel on firmish ground."

The ground at Longchamp on Saturday was on the good to firm side and the weather forecast predicts little rain next week

Papal Bull is working well and on target to contest the Qatar Prix del'Arc de Triomphe, where he could meet Duke Of Marmalade, the horse he pushed so close in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

The five-year-old, beaten half a length by Duke Of Marmalade at Ascot, failed to build on that performance when only third, later promoted to second on the disqualification of first-past-the-post Oriental Tiger, in Germany.

David Stack, racing manager for the Papal Bull partnership, said: "Papal Bull just didn't handle the track in Cologne and when Oriental Tiger went so far clear there was no point Ryan Moore hammering the horse.

"Hopefully Longchamp will suit him much better. He worked over six furlongs on Wednesday and went well and Sir Michael Stoute has been very happy with him."

The son of Montjeu is a 25-1 chance for the Arc with Coral, Ladbrokes and William Hill.


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