Gosden: No grounds for concern

  • Last Updated: September 27 2012, 16:03 BST

John Gosden feels Nathaniel will handle whatever ground conditions he faces in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on Sunday week.

Nathaniel: Will handle track and ground in the Arc

Lady Rothschild's charge has enjoyed a tremendous season to date, winning the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown before being touched off in the King George VI at Ascot and the Irish Champion Stakes.

Gosden feels his performance in the latter, when beaten by Snow Fairy, proves he can handle quicker ground.

"The fact he could go inside the track record at Leopardstown on good to firm shows to me he can go on anything. He's one of those horses who can go through soft ground as though it isn't there while others struggle in it but he'll also go on good and he ran well in the Champion Stakes from a bad draw on fast ground at Ascot last year," the trainer told Racing UK.

"I was pleased with his work on Tuesday. Both the first two ran inside the track record at Leopardstown so it was a smart race and he's done noting but run great races all year."

Gosden is also confident the track at Longchamp will hold no terrors for his star.

"I think he'll like it, he has a lot of tactical speed, he can be handy, back in the middle of the pack, he'd do anything. It's a tremendous race this year, the quality of the field is exceptional and I'm looking forward to a fantastic Arc de Triomphe."

Nathaniel is a 5-1 chance for the Arc with Sky Bet.


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