The son of King's Best produced a
spellbinding performance to win the Derby at Epsom by seven lengths in
a course record time back in June, but then followed that with an
inexplicably lifeless performance a month later in the King George VI
And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.
Plenty doubted the
three-year-old would ever rediscover his best form but having been
masterfully handled by Sir Michael Stoute, he bounced back to his
brilliant best to give his trainer his first taste of Prix de l'Arc de
Triomphe glory at Longchamp.
The sceptics are now predictably
questioning the colt's ability to string two top-class efforts
together, but Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Prince Khalid
Abdullah, is keen to consign that Ascot no-show to the history books.
"We're very hopeful that (bounce factor) won't be a problem," said Grimthorpe.