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Novellist preps for Arc in the Grosser Preis Von Baden

Updated: Friday, 30 Aug 2013 19:53 | Comments

Novellist is vying for favouritism for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe with Flintshire
Novellist is vying for favouritism for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe with Flintshire

Impressive King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Novellist runs in the Grosser Preis Von Baden on Sunday with trainer Andreas Wohler keen to stress the Group One is being used as a stepping stone towards Longchamp.

The four-year-old is unbeaten this season, with his Ascot success adding to wins in France and at this weekend's venue, Baden-Baden.

While his win in the mid-summer highlight was not too much of a shock, the ease of his victory certainly was as Johnny Murtagh rode him out to a five-length success over Irish Derby winner Trading Leather.

Novellist finished fourth in this race 12 months ago behind Danedream but he has looked a different proposition to date this season.

Nevertheless, with his main aim being the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on 6 October, Wohler has warned that his stable star will not be at his peak.

"All is going well with the horse, I am happy with his work at home," said Wohler.

"It is a Group One on Sunday, but for us it is a prep race."

Asked how the four-year-old compared condition-wise now to heading into the King George, the trainer said: "You cannot compare. This is not our main plan, we want him to be 100% in five weeks' time.

"The ground at Baden-Baden is on the slow side, but it is drying up. He wouldn't want the ground too fast, but there should be a little bit of cut in the ground and he should be fine.

"Hopefully all goes well."

He will be ridden by Eduardo Pedroza on Sunday but Murtagh is expected to be back on board for the Arc.

Taking him on is Meandre, a three-times Group One winner, the Wohler-trained Seismos, who provided Andrea Atzeni with a Group One winner at Munich in a partnership that remains intact, and the three-year-olds Empoli and Quinzieme Monarque.

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