Al Kazeem: reported to have worked well over a mile on SaturdayPICTURE: Getty Images
Positive vibes behind Al Kazeem's Arc bid
ROGER CHARLTON says the vibes are good as Al Kazeem bids to cap a memorable season with victory in Europe's premier middle-distance race.
The triple Group 1 winner is a general 14-1 chance for Sunday's Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp and Charlton was delighted with his work over the weekend.
"Although Al Kazeem has had some tough races and on ground faster than he would have preferred, from what I can see he still retains his enthusiasm and his speed figures compared well on Saturday morning with his work before both the Prince Of Wales's and the Eclipse," said Charlton.
Since those wins, Al Kazeem has been beaten in both the Juddomonte International and Irish Champion Stakes but Charlton believes Sunday's Group 1 will play more to Al Kazeem's strengths.
Quoted on his website, the trainer added: "The Arc will be his seventh race of the season but only his fifteenth race spread over four seasons. It is never an exact science to know whether a horse has gone over the top or about to produce another high class performance but the vibes are good.
"There is no disputing that this year's race is going to be contested by the best horses in Europe and two very smart colts from Japan. His class has enabled him to win his Group 1 races over ten furlongs but I also think he is capable of excelling over twelve furlongs as he did in the Jockey Club Stakes.
"We will need all the assistance we can get in Europe's most exciting race but some ease in the ground and going right handed will help him"
Aidan O'Brien still has four possibles for Sunday's race and confirmed on Sunday that St Leger winner Leading Light will be supplemented for the race. Derby winner Ruler Of The World, along with Kingsbarns and Camelot, could also represent O'Brien.
Charlton also plans on running Nassau Stakes runner up Thistle Bird at Longchamp, where she will contest the Prix de l'Opera. Along with Al Kazeem, she worked over a mile on Charlton's summer gallops on Saturday, with the trainer reporting both to have worked "well".