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Arab Spring leaves big impression at Royal Ascot

Arab Spring leaves big impression at Royal Ascot

Arab Spring ran out the impressive winner of Saturday's Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes at Royal Ascot, further increasing Australian interest in the four-year-old Monsun half-brother to Glass Harmonium.

Arab Spring came with a strong run in the final two-furlongs to run down Salutation and win the mile and a half handicap going away at the finish by two-lengths in the style of horse that is still improving.

Like Fiorente and Glass Harmonium, who both came to Australia to win at Group I level and are both now at stud in Victoria, Arab Spring is bred and raced by Ballymacoll Stud.

Farm manager Peter Reynolds explained there has been considerable interest in purchasing Arab Spring.

"The Australians would like to buy him, particularly being by Monsun the sire of Fiorente and a half-brother to Glass Harmonium, but I think we'd have to find a new trainer if we sold him,” Reynolds told Racenews.

Like Fiorente and Glass Harmonium, Arab Spring, is trained by Sir Michael Stoute.

"I don't think Michael would be very happy. To keep the name of Ballymacoll and the company going we need a horse like him every so often," said Reynolds.

Arab Spring is now likely to be aimed higher according to Reynolds.

"Hopefully the horse is finished with handicaps now. He's in the Princess Of Wales's Stakes at Newmarket (July), which Fiorente won and that is where I guess he could go next, and he has some serious entries including the Irish Champion Stakes and the Arc.

"The Arc (de Triomphe) is the one race that the Weinstock family and Ballymacoll haven't had a winner of yet and we would love to do it. If he's good enough to get to the Arc, we might just be there.” Reynolds said.

Darryl Sherer - 22/06/2014




Sir Michael talked about his previous winner this afternoon...
Arab Spring in the Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap:

"Arab Spring is a progressive horse and has won all his races this year.
 He was second last year in May and while there has never been anything seriously wrong with him, there has always been niggles, a hairline on a hock and you name it, he has had it. As a result, he has missed proper training - getting the long slow distance into him. That is why he is still a bit of a playboy walking around. We will now go into Group company with him - he is a very interesting horse - a typical Ballymacoll late maturer."