Al Kazeem gets green light for Arc

Al Kazeem has been given the go-ahead to run in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on October 6.

Al Kazeem gets green light for Arc

Trainer Roger Charlton and owner John Deer have decided to let the triple Group One winner take his chance in the Paris showpiece over a mile and a half.

James Doyle has got the thumbs-up to again ride the five-year-old after recently being appointed retained jockey to Khalid Abdullah.

Deer said: “He has come out of Leopardstown fine and there are no problems at all.

“The only question is, ’Has he had too much racing?’.

“We don’t think so, especially as the ground will suit him.”

Meanwhile, connections of Royal Diamond have yet to decide whether to send last year’s Irish St Leger winner to Australia for the Emirates Melbourne Cup.

Trainer Johnny Murtagh will discuss with owner Andrew Tinkler where to run the seven-year-old next after he finished fifth in Sunday’s renewal of the stayers’ Classic at the Curragh.

Royal Diamond, who was given 54.5kg (8st 8lb) in the race that stops a nation on November 5, had beaten Irish Leger winner Voleuse De Coeurs in his previous race.

Dunaden and Green Moon, winners of the last two Melbourne Cups, head the weights for this year’s renewal at Flemington Park.

The Mikel Delzangles-trained Dunaden has been allotted 58.5kg (9st 3lb) by the handicapper following his 2011 success while Robert Hickmott’s Green Moon, who struck gold 12 months ago, has been given 57.5kg (9st 1lb) as he tries for back-to-back wins.

Ed Dunlop’s Red Cadeaux lost out to Dunaden in a tight finish and has 56.5kg (8st 13lb) this time round, 3lb more than last year while Delzangles’ runner has been eased 1lb.

Voleuse De Coeurs has 54kg (8st 7lb) but connections have indicated she is likely to head to France in the autumn rather than Australia but her trainer Dermot Weld still has Pale Mimosa in the mix on 50kg (7st 12lb).

That weight has also been allotted to the Aidan O’Brien-trained Foundry.

O’Brien has more prominent candidates in St Leger hero Leading Light on 52.5kg (8st 4lb) and Ernest Hemingway 53.5kg (8st 6lb) while the Willie Mullins-trained Simenon is also on 53.5kg.

Marco Botti’s Dandino and the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Ahzeemah, who finished second in the Irish Leger, have both been given 54.5kg.

Godolphin also have Royal Empire on 54kg , Colour Vision on 52.5kg and Songcraft on 52kg (8st 3lb).

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