Sea Moon: finished second in last year's Breeders' Cup TurfPICTURE: Getty Images
Breeders' Cup target for Moon but Arc an option
SEA MOON has been given the Breeders' Cup Turf as his ultimate target although he could be rerouted to the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe if the ground was soft in Paris.
Trained by Sir Michael Stoute, Sea Moon finished second to St Nicholas Abbey in last year's Breeders' Cup Turf at Churchill Downs and has returned this year with wins in a Listed contest at Goodwood and the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The four-year-old has not been seen since finishing fifth behind Danedream in the Betfair King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot in July and could return to the course for a prep run before his main autumn goal.
Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah, said: "If the ground came up soft he could go to the Arc but we're looking at the Breeders' Cup. He handled firm ground in Churchill last year and it's about going for a race that will suit him more than anything.
"If he needed to run before he could go to Ascot in the Cumberland Lodge or Canada but I would think Ascot would be more likely."
Stoute has won the Breeders' Cup Turf on four occasions, including the last two runnings at Santa Anita with Conduit. Sea Moon is 20-1 for the Arc, a race Stoute won in 2010 with Workforce.