Study Of Man on course for Deauville before Irish Champion at Leopardstown

Arc challenge could also be on the horizon

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Study Of Man is set to return to action at Deauville next month as a prep run for the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes in September.

The Pascal Bary-trained colt has had a break since his victory in the Prix du Jockey Club and will be prepared for the Group Two Guillaume D’Ornano at Deauville on August 15, before his first main autumn target at Leopardstown a month later.

“He had a break after the Jockey Club. Pascal Bary is bringing him back with a view to running in the Guillaume D’Ornano as a prep for the Irish Champion Stakes,” said Alan Cooper, racing manager to the Niarchos family.

“The form of the race at Chantilly is working out very well, with Ascot winners and Rostropovich running so well in the Irish Derby. It could be a very good form line, which would be great.”

He added: “We are staying to the mile and a quarter for the moment. If after the Irish Champion Stakes it is felt he can step up to a mile and a half, then the Arc would be very much under consideration.”

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