America set for Arctic Blast

America set for Arctic Blast

A crack at the Breeders’ Cup is looking increasingly likely for Ladbrokes St Leger hero Arctic Cosmos.

Ridden by rising star William Buick, the three-year-old was giving trainer John Gosden a third win in the world’s oldest Classic, and is reported to have taken his Doncaster exertions in his stride.

Speaking at Longchamp, Gosden said: “Everything is fine, he’s happy and well and he ate up last night.

“The Breeders’ Cup Turf is a strong possibility. I had thought of coming to France for the Royal Oak, but we’re really looking at America.”

Snow Fairy, meanwhile, could head to France next month following her honourable Leger display.

Ed Dunlop’s dual Oaks winner failed to stay the stamina-sapping trip, but nonetheless shaped with much credit to take fourth behind Arctic Cosmos.

She is now under consideration to drop back in trip on Arc weekend at Longchamp.

Dunlop said: “She ran a great race and was probably about the last horse to come off the bridle – she just didn’t stay.

“We may go to the Prix de l’Opera at Longchamp on Arc weekend.

“It means dropping back half a mile in trip, but the way she travelled in the race was fantastic until her stamina ran out.

“All credit to the winner, it was a great performance, but I was pleased with our filly.”

The ground was blamed for the disappointing performance of eight-placed Dandino, who had finished ahead of Arctic Cosmos in the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood.

“He’s come out of the race fine. The ground didn’t suit us. He’s like a lot of Dansilis – he likes a sound surface,” said trainer James Given.

“It might be it for the year. We are going to reflect for a few days and not make any rapid decision. Where could we find a sound surface again this year?

“He stays in training with us for next year anyway.”

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