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Hukum camp set sights on Arc after King George heroics

Owen Burrows mentioned on Sunday he was blissful to attend for the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on October 1 as the following 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 remains 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 latest instances and the coach mentioned: “They’re each tremendous this morning and have eaten up. They’ve had a pleasant choose of grass and trotted up tremendous, which is the principle factor as effectively.”

A return to York subsequent month for the Juddmonte Worldwide Stakes could possibly 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 are able to 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 superb race and it was unbelievable to see it reside as much as its billing, even when one thing went improper with Auguste Rodin and Emily Upjohn didn’t run her race. 

“It was further particular to see Hukum come out on prime 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 usually get a kind of.

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

“Sheikha Hissa would possibly 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. Now we have choices however Hukum is a respectable contender for the Arc if that’s the place Sheikha Hissa decides to go.”

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

“For those who can’t be blissful to do an interview with the press after a day like yesterday there’s one thing improper with you,” he mentioned.

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

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

“I hope yesterday can have made an influence,” he added. “Final yr was a superb yr 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 packing containers.

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

Courtesy of Racing Submit

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