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Workforce (left, Ryan Moore) - Dux Scholar (right) - Sandown - September 20

Stoute pleased with Workforce course gallop

WORKFORCE continued his preparation for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Sunday week with a racecourse gallop at Sandown on Tuesday.

Last year's Arc and Derby winner worked over nine furlongs with stablemates Dux Scholar and Confront. Confront led the trio before Workforce was pushed to lead three furlongs out, going on to finish narrowly ahead of Dux Scholar.

Ryan Moore took the ride on Workforce, despite still not being entirely recovered from the arm injury that has kept him off the racecourse since Glorious Goodwood.

Trainer Sir Michael Stoute said: "It was a good piece of work and with Dux Scholar there hopefully it will bring him on a little bit more. It was a good, strong piece of work on lovely ground. He's moving well and seems on good shape.

Sir Michael Stoute gives instructions to Ryan Moore at Sandown

Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore

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"Dux kept him busy, kept him honest and is a little fitter than him so it was a good test. "

Explaining his decision not to race Workforce between July's King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Arc, Stoute said: "I felt we'd do the same as we did last year. You wouldn't want to be giving him a hard race in a trial - he's better coming here."

Workforce finished second in the King George, beaten over two lengths by Nathaniel,who also heads to Longchamp for the Arc.

The four-year-old is as big as 7-1 for the Arc, behind 7-2 favourite Sarafina and 5-1 chances So You Think and Nathaniel.

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