Anthony Van Dyck could be seen at the Breeders’ Cup next following his fine effort to be third in the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes.
The Aidan O’Brien-trained colt shot to prominence when winning the Investec Derby at Epsom in June, before chasing stablemate Sovereign home in the Duby Duty Free Derby at the Curragh.
He was down the field in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot won by Enable, but bounced back with an excellent run at Leopardstown on Saturday, a race which O’Brien dominated with Magical winning and Magic Wand finishing a head in front of Anthony Van Dyck.
O’Brien said: “We were delighted with him. We knew that Ascot was a non event with the ground and we knew we could put a line through that run.
“It was great to see him come back that way. It was his first run back after a break so we look forward to him the next day.
“We had it in our head that he would go to the Breeders’ Cup Turf. He’s a lovely moving, good ground horse.
“Obviously he’s in the Arc, but he could go straight there. The lads said they might keep him in training next year, which would be exciting for us.”