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Hukum camp set sights on Arc after King George heroics


Owen Burrows mentioned on Sunday he was comfortable to attend for the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on October 1 as the subsequent goal for King George hero Hukum.

Burrows was nonetheless revelling within the six-year-old’s top-class show in Saturday’s King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, which resulted within the winner being trimmed to 5-1 with BoyleSports for the Arc.

William Hill, Coral and Ladbrokes are 8-1, however that worth continues to be quick sufficient to make Hukum second favorite for the distinguished race at Longchamp.

His Ascot success accomplished a marvellous afternoon for Burrows, who additionally landed the Group 2 York Stakes with Alflaila.

Each horses have had damage setbacks in current occasions and the coach mentioned: “They’re each high quality this morning and have eaten up. They’ve had a pleasant decide of grass and trotted up high quality, which is the principle factor as effectively.”

A return to York subsequent month for the Juddmonte Worldwide Stakes might be the target for Alflaila, whereas Hukum, Burrows’ first Group 1 winner having received the Coronation Cup in 2022, appears destined to go straight to the Arc. 

“The Arc is 9 weeks away, however he had a tough sufficient race at Ascot and, with out sounding cocky, we’re fairly assured we will get him there on the massive day with no prep run,” the coach mentioned.

Hukum and Alflaila are Shadwell homebreds and the organisation’s Angus Gold mentioned: “It was a unbelievable day. The King George was a wonderful race and it was unbelievable to see it stay as much as its billing, even when one thing went fallacious with Auguste Rodin and Emily Upjohn didn’t run her race. 

“It was additional particular to see Hukum come out on high and we all know he stays the Arc journey and handles softer floor. If these situations prevail in October, they wouldn’t put him off. He’d be a real Arc contender and also you don’t typically get a kind of.

“He can be one, together with Ace Affect and Feed The Flame, who can be the perfect of the three-year-old middle-distance colts in France.

“Sheikha Hissa may resolve to run Hukum within the Champion Stakes, however we haven’t mentioned that. We’ll must see what situations are like and the way Mostahdaf is. We now have choices however Hukum is a reputable contender for the Arc if that’s the place Sheikha Hissa decides to go.”

Gold thought it unlikely Hukum can be saved in coaching subsequent 12 months, however Burrows will always remember a horse he’s all the time more likely to be synonymous with.

“In the event you can’t be comfortable to do an interview with the press after a day like yesterday there’s one thing fallacious with you,” he mentioned.

“It’s been loopy with the messages of congratulations and I’m nonetheless barely midway by means of replying – I’ve acquired masses to do. My spouse Lynn has gone away with our youngsters this morning to see a few of our household in Newmarket, so I’ve acquired a great afternoon forward of me to sit back out and get by means of all of them.”

A former leap jockey whose time with Martin Pipe coincided with Tony McCoy’s, Burrows labored for Sir Michael Stoute for various years earlier than being headhunted by late Shadwell supremo Hamdan Al Maktoum.

“I hope yesterday could have made an impression,” he added. “Final 12 months was a great 12 months and we acquired a couple of new homeowners, so hopefully there are a couple of extra knocking on the door and I’ll must construct some new containers.

“It will be nice to have 60-70 horses on the books. That might be a manageable quantity, particularly with how laborious it’s with staffing, though I do have a beautiful group right here.”

Courtesy of Racing Publish

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