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