10/02/2012 12:49PM

France: Nathaniel ill, will miss Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

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The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe lost still another top contender when Nathaniel was taken out of consideration for Sunday’s race in Paris.

Nathaniel was said by his handlers to be running a temperature, and blood tests on the top England-based 4-year-old came back with unsatisfactory results. The problem has come up too close to the Arc for Nathaniel to be treated for whatever ails him.

His defection is the third prominent loss in less than a week for Europe’s biggest race. Snow Fairy, who defeated Nathaniel in an exciting edition of the Irish Champion Stakes, was withdrawn after injuring her foreleg in a workout last Friday. Danedream’s prospective bid to win the Arc for a second straight year has been quashed by a quarantine placed Monday on the Cologne training center in Germany where the filly is stabled. A horse at Cologne was found with swamp fever, and the training center will be strictly quarantined for 90 days. It was officially confirmed Tuesday that Danedream will not make the Arc.

The rash of defections has left the Japanese colt Orfevre as the ante-post betting favorite for the Arc, and might also have pushed the Aidan O’Brien-trained Camelot closer to a start in the Longchamp fixture. O’Brien in a radio interview Tuesday said the Arc was “very strongly” being considered for Camelot, the 2012 Epsom Derby winner, as well as St Nicholas Abbey, who won the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Turf.

Paul_Tuon More than 1 year ago
Too bad now that Nathaniel, which was my top selection for the Arc, is ill and out of the Arc. Now my lesser than confident pick will be Camelot if he runs. If he's not, I'll just be a spectactor because it is a wide open affair and I find any other horse that I feel comfortable enough to bet. I hope Camelot is in so I can at least have some money on the race.
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
Wow! What a big change. Nathaniel is sick and has to scratch. First Snow Fairy, then Danedream gets stuck in quarantine, and now Nathaniel. First, I'm sorry to hear Nathaniel is ill. I hope Nathaniel and his medical team are able to overcome whatever it is Nathaniel is sick with, and may he heal swiftly and completely. Second, I'm sorry to hear Danedream will not be able to be in the Arc, too. I'm going to have to find out more about swamp fever, not very familiar with all of the side effects of having that. Third, I wish good luck to all the rest of the participants of the Arc de Triomphe. I was hoping Orfevre would get a good price on him as people would be more worried about the other three horses in the race, but looks like that will not happen now with all of the defections. Nevertheless, I am rooting him on and, I'm sure, as will all of Japan! - LOL.