Connections of Salouen may be tempted by the lure of the Far East after the amazingly-consistent four-year-old ran another gallant race in defeat at the top level in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at ParisLongchamp.
The Japan Cup on November 25 and Hong Kong’s big international meeting two weeks later could be on the horizon for the Sylvester Kirk-trained colt, who out-ran his odds of 100-1.
Salouen finished just three and three-quarter lengths behind Enable, despite being stopped in his run, and had to settle for sixth place – just outside the prize money.
“It was a fantastic run,” said Kirk.
“It would just have been really good if he had got in the money. It’s terrible missing out on that, and would have felt a lot better.
“He ran a blinder. He could have even been fifth or better. He just missed the break and got too far back and got into traffic on the way through.
“He is on his way back home. He was wonderful, he’s eaten up and is happy. He was eating his hay when I left last night. He was fine after the race.
“He’s got an invitation to the Japan Cup, and there’s a race in Hong Kong as well. We’ll just take stock and see what to do.”