Defoe team weighing up autumn options following German second

Roger Varian keen to see how the weather shapes up before making a plan

  • Sunday 09 September
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Roger Varian has not ruled out letting Defoe take his chance in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc Triomphe at ParisLongchamp should conditions be suitable.

The son of Dalakhani, who is a general 33-1 shot for the 12-furlong prize on October 7, ran well in defeat on his first start since May when finding only Best Solution too strong in a Group One at Baden Baden earlier this month.

The Newmarket handler said: “It was a good run by Defoe in Germany and he had a lot of things against him.

“Take nothing away from the winner as he is a solid horse, but unfortunately how the race panned out didn’t really suit Defoe.

“We will see how is, but all options remain open to him.

“He is a mile-and-a-half horse that likes a bit of juice in the ground, so let’s see how the autumn weather acts as that will tell us where we go.”

Defoe team weighing up autumn options following German second
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