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Monday, 19 November, 2018

Crystal Ocean will not be added to the Arc field says Stoute

Crystal Ocean: will not be running in the Arc
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King George runner-up Crystal Ocean will not be supplemented for the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, trainer Sir Michael Stoute revealed on Monday.

Crystal Ocean, who finished runner-up to red-hot favourite Enable in the September Stakes at Kempton last month, had been a top price of 20-1.

News that Crystal Ocean would not be added to the Arc field came hours after the main contenders for the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, including the John Gosden-trained pair of Enable and Cracksman, stood their ground at Monday's first forfeit stage.

From an original entry of 95 the field was pared down to 22 at the first of four declaration stages this week, with connections of contenders such as Sea Of Class having until mid-morning on Wednesday to decide whether to pay €120,000 to add their horses to the final field. 

Paddy Power and Betfair make last year's winner Enable their 5-4 favourite and went Non Runner No Bet for the Arc on Monday. 

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Other leading names to feature among the current list for Sunday's Group 1 is Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud winner Waldgeist, one of four remaining entries for Andre Fabre.

At this stage the seven-time Arc-winning trainer also fields the Godolphin trio of Talismanic, Cloth Of Stars and Prix Vermeille winner Kitesurf.

Aidan O'Brien is responsible for six of those to still feature, with William Hill St Leger winner Kew Gardens and Flag Of Honour – who won the Comer Group-sponsored Irish version – both on the list. 

Speaking at the Curragh on Sunday, O'Brien said of his potential Arc day squad: "It's looking as if Kew Gardens will run in the Arc once we are happy with him during the week. And we might run another couple.

"Magic Wand will probably go for the Prix de l'Opera, while we're looking at running Pink Dogwood in the Marcel Boussac and Broome in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere."

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British-trained interest also comes in the form of the Roger Varian-trained Defoe and Salouen for Sylvester Kirk, while Study Of Man, Neufbosc and Bateel add further strength to the French challenge. Clincher is confirmed as the sole runner from Japan.

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News that Crystal Ocean would not be added to the Arc field came hours after the main contenders stood their ground
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