YOUMZAIN completed his preparation for a fourth crack at the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Sunday when working 7f under Sam Hitchcott on Tuesday morning.


The seven-year-old, who retires to stud at the end of the season, has finished second in the last three Arcs and his trainer Mick Channon is confident of "another massive race" from Jaber Abdullah's star.

After Youmzain completed his work the Summer Gallop at West Ilsley, Channon said on his website: "I'm just relieved to be honest - he's done plenty of work already and if he's not fit now he never will be. It was just about getting him across the village to the Summer Ground for a change of scenery and coming home safe.
Mick Channon -York - 2006

"So much can go wrong at any time but in the build up to big races all sorts of factors play on your mind. He's back in his box safe and sound now and he'll just canter away until Friday when he leaves for Paris.

"He'll have Mister Hughie, who I think will go well in the Abbaye, for company. I can't wait now, it seems to have taken ages to get to this stage and you can sense everyone in the yard is getting excited.

"He's in great heart and is the Arc's yardstick, which he's been for the past two years now and I'm as confident as ever that he'll run another massive race."