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Horse Racing: Les Arcs Golden Jubilee bid boosted by workout; UPDATE.

LES ARCS remains on course to defend his Golden Jubilee Stakes title at Royal Ascot after he was reported by trainer Tim Pitt to have successfully come through a piece of work yesterday.

"Dirty scopes and indifferent blood results" have triggered a virtual shutdown of Pitt's yard in recent weeks, with Chicken Soup a rare runner for the trainer when unplaced in a Nottingham conditions race last Wednesday.

Les Arcs, who supplemented his Golden Jubilee victory in the July Cup, beat only one horse homeon his return in the Duke of York Stakes last month.

"Plan A is still to go to Royal Ascot," said Pitt. "He worked this morning and will work again next week, when John Egan might have a sit on him.

"Things here are improving, and hopefully by Royal Ascot and the weeks after we'll be having runners."

BENBAUN could run twice in the space of five days at Royal Ascot following his impressive recent return to action at the Curragh.

Trainer Mark Wallace's speedster was landing his fourth victory at the Irish venue when slamming Moss Vale by two and a half lengths in a Group 3 event.

Wallace, whose son of Stravinsky finished a short-head second to Takeover Target in last year's King's Stand Stakes, said: "He seems to have improved again as a six-year-old. He'll definitely run in the King's Stand and we'll see how he pulls up after that." A TARGET even more prestigious than the Hardwicke Stakes is tempting the connections of Youmzain to sidestep Royal Ascot.

The Mick Channon-trained four-year-old, third to Notnowcato in the Tattersalls Gold Cup, is also being considered for the Group 1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud on June 24.

Bruce Raymond, racing manager to owner Jaber Abdullah, said: "There hasn't yet been a decision on which one Youmzain will go for."
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jun 10, 2007
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