The Fugue out of the Arc
Overnight rain at Longchamp forced the defection of The Fugue from the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
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With 8mm reported to have reached the track, conditions were officially changed to 'soft'.
The Fugue's trainer John Gosden had long since warned that soft ground would see her pulled out of the race and her likely next target is now the Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita next month.
Owner Lady Lloyd-Webber's racing manager Simon Marsh said: "There was quite a lot of rain overnight, it's very annoying but the ground is now soft.
"It's not going to get much better than that and we've taken her out. They had eight millimetres so that's bound to have an effect.
"It is a very good race this year and you'd need everything in your favour.
"We know that on a fast surface she is extremely good.
"We'll look at the Champion Stakes now and see what the weather does but there's every chance it will be straight to America.
"We'll look at both the Filly & Mare' and the Turf races and decide nearer the time."
In the absence of The Fugue, a field of 18 are now set to go to post for Sunday's Arc.