Aidan O’Brien doesn’t need the bottom to get too testing at ParisLongchamp forward of Luxembourg’s bid for glory within the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
Beforehand profitable within the showpiece occasion with Dylan Thomas in 2007 and Present in 2016, the Ballydoyle handler homes the ante-post favorite for this 12 months’s renewal on this son of Camelot.
A Group One winner at two within the Vertem Futurity Trophy at Doncaster, Luxembourg regarded each inch a possible Derby winner within the making when third within the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on his return.
However a subsequent harm finally led to the three-year-old lacking Epsom and he solely scrambled dwelling on his return within the Royal Whip Stakes on the Curragh in August.
O’Brien was adamant Luxembourg was nowhere close to live performance pitch, nevertheless, and he discovered the required enchancment to supply his coach with an eleventh Irish Champion Stakes success at Leopardstown.
Three weeks later he’s set to line up as favorite for Europe’s premier middle-distance contest.
“He is good and every thing has gone effectively since Leopardstown. We had been delighted along with his run and every thing has been excellent since,” stated O’Brien. “We predict he is in a very good place and, after we run, we’ll know. It isn’t lengthy since he ran, so his work hasn’t been too robust, however we’re proud of every thing he is doing.
“I do not assume anyone desires extremes (of floor) and we’re the identical. I suppose everyone is in the identical boat, however hopefully it will not get too dangerous.
“He gained the Futurity Trophy on tender floor and he’s by Camelot, who’s by Montjeu, so hopefully he’ll deal with it, however in a really perfect world hopefully it isn’t too tender.”
Having missed a very good chunk of the season, Luxembourg will head to Paris comparatively contemporary and lightly-raced following simply six lifetime begins.
With a most area of 20 nearly assured, hurly burly is a given, however O’Brien believes his cost has the temperament to deal with no matter is thrown at him.
“He ran 3 times final 12 months and has run 3 times this 12 months, so he is had the six runs, however I believe he is often a really offhanded, simple horse,” he added.
“He relaxes very effectively and I might be pleased to return ahead out of the gates.”
O’Brien can have a second string to his bow within the type of outsider Broome, who was crushed just below 10 lengths into eleventh place in final 12 months’s renewal.
The six-year-old was completely spectacular when opening his account for the present marketing campaign within the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, since when he has completed fourth within the King George and in a Grade One in America, earlier than ending final of seven behind Luxembourg at Leopardstown.
O’Brien stated: “He ran in America, which in all probability did not go well with him, however we had been very pleased along with his final run. We had been utilizing it as a prep for this race, we predict he will get a mile and a half effectively and likes a giant, open monitor.
“We predict he may need discovered the tracks in America a little bit bit tight for him as typically he can step just a bit bit sluggish from the stalls, particularly at Saratoga the final time.
“Hopefully he can run a very good race and there are many races left for him in America or Japan or Hong Kong for the remainder of the season.”