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Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Arod joins Simcock after unsuccessful stint in Australia

Solow (Maxime Guyon,right) beats Arod (Andrea Atzeni) to win the Sussex Stakes in 2015
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Qatar Racing's globetrotter Arod has a new home back in his old stamping ground of Newmarket after joining trainer David Simcock.

The six-year-old was originally trained on the other side of headquarters by Peter Chapple-Hyam, for whom he won four of his 18 starts, before joining Chris Waller for what was to be an unsuccessful spell in Australia last winter.

During his time with Chapple-Hyam, Arod had his most productive period in 2015, when he won the Group 2 Summer Mile at Ascot and Epsom's Diomed Stakes, before posting a career best when chasing home Solow in the Group 1 Sussex Stakes at Goodwood.

The Teofilo entire had a less lucrative period last year but signed off for Chapple-Hyam with a decent effort to finish fifth, beaten only two lengths, behind Tepin in the Grade 1 Ricoh Mile at Woodbine last September.

After six starts for Waller, the best of them when placed in two Grade 3 handicaps, Arod was shipped back to Britain last month. After some downtime at his owners' Newmarket pre-training centre at Longholes, he has now joined Simcock.

The trainer said: "It was a nice surprise to be asked to take Arod and it all happened very quickly – he arrived in great shape. While we know much of his form having raced against him many times, we're still getting to know the horse.

"There are no specific plans and he has no entries as yet. We'll see how he comes along, it's early days." 

It was a nice surprise to be asked to take Arod to be honest and it all happened very quickly
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