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WORKFORCE is “progressing well” as connections build towards the defence of his crown in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in October.

Last year’s Derby and Arc hero was hot favourite for the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot last month, but finished second to Nathaniel after hanging violently in the straight.

Connections later reported the four-year-old to be lame after he was struck into by the fatally injured Rewilding.

But Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah, says his injuries are not as severe as first feared.

“He’s progressing well and we’ve found nothing particularly untoward with him. There are one or two bits and bobs, but nothing very major,” said Grimthorpe. “We’ll carry on with him and we’ll just have to see how he goes before we make any plans. Obviously the aim would be the Arc.”

Meanwhile connections of Midday have not ruled out letting the top-class mare tackle the boys in the Juddmonte International at York on August 17.

Henry Cecil’s six-time Group One winner secured a brilliant third successive victory in the Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on Saturday and Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for owner Khalid Abdullah, is now considering her next port of call.

Midday also has the option of running in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks 24 hours after the International and Abdullah, owner of Juddmonte Farms, also has Twice Over in the reckoning for the latter race.

“Midday has come out of Goodwood really well and I would think she would head to York next,” said Grimthorpe.

“She could either do the Juddmonte (International) or the Yorkshire Oaks. We’ll see nearer the time. I would think we’ll be looking at the Juddmonte for Twice Over.”

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