Masked Marvel added to Arc field

JOHN Gosden’s impressive St Leger winner Masked Marvel has been added to the field for Sunday’s Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at a cost of €100,000.

The Clarehaven handler has taken the decision after the ground was deemed too fast for his initial intended runner in the race, King George hero Nathaniel.

Also added to the field at the final supplementary stage was Andre Fabre’s Grand Prix de Paris winner Meandre, owned by the Rothschild Family, and German filly Danedream, a dual Group One winner, trained by Peter Schiergen.

The three additions to the field for the Arc means there will be a maximum of 16 runners with Seville withdrawn at this latest stage, although the final field will not be confirmed until Friday morning when the all-important draw takes place.

Michael Stoute meanwhile has voiced concerns about the prospect of fast ground for last year’s winner Workforce. The Newmarket trainer does not want firm conditions in Paris for the four-year-old, who landed Europe’s premier all-aged middle-distance race last season.

“I’ve been really happy with his preparation, but disappointed to hear about the weather forecast because he’s a big heavy horse and we do like good ground for him,” Stoute told At The Races.

“We’re a long way from it at the moment and someone’s going to have a look at the track and give us an update.”

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