Waldgeist looks set to have his sights lowered in his next appearance after being rested following his fourth place finish in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby.
At his previous start in the Prix du Jockey Club he was beaten by just a short head by Brametot and Andre Fabre’s colt was a leading contender for the Curragh Classic. However, he was beaten by just two lengths into fourth place behind Capri, Cracksman and Wings of Eagle, and since then he hasn’t taken part in any races.
The horse is still on the ante-post lists for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe as a general 20-1 shot but he could run just once more this season and that is likely to be in lesser company.
Fabre said, “He is fine. I just wanted to give him some time after the Irish Derby. I think he will be a good horse next year, but I want to try and find him a slightly easier race for his next run. He’ll run again this autumn, but in a Group Two or something like that.”
Fabre also confirmed that that the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot is the next intended target for Al Wukair.
The son of Dream Ahead finished third in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in the spring and he run at Group One level for the first time in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville. He also has an entry for the Qipco Champion Stakes on Champions Day (October 21) but is set to run a mile in the Queen Elizabeth II.
“He is good and that (QEII) is where he goes. That will be his next run,” Fabre added.