Cumani setting his sights on Arc for Postponed
The Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe might well be Postponed's sole remaining race this year, but Luca Cumani will wait until the dust has settled on Saturday's battling King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes victory before finalising a programme for the remainder of the season.
Cumani, whose stable star denied Eagle Top by a nose in a Grundy-Bustino-esque tussle up the Ascot straight, said on Sunday: "Postponed is 100 per cent. He couldn't be better.
"There is no Group 1 left in Europe over a mile and a half other than the Arc, so I think we have to set our sights on that. It's a bigger mountain to climb and it's more than two months away, but I haven't had time to think about it yet."
Cumani will not concern himself over how soft the ground might be at Longchamp until nearer the time, and for now takes considerable comfort from the manner in which Postponed, whom he had considered a top-of-the-ground specialist, coped on Saturday with ground officially described as soft following 35mm of rain in the preceding 24 hours.
The trainer, who had suffered the frustration of three seconds in the King George before Andrea Atzeni and Postponed just denied the Frankie Dettori-ridden Eagle Top, confirmed that Postponed is due to race on at five next year, but he acknowledged plans might change for the colt, whose sire Dubawi is enjoying a superb 2015.
He said: "Sheikh Mohammed Obaid has already said that Postponed will stay in training. Whether he changes his mind or not we will have to wait and see, but whatever is decided will be in the best interests of the horse."
Postponed is between a 12-1 and 25-1 chance for the Arc, while Eagle Top is also shortest at 12-1 with Ladbrokes, though Paddy Power quote 33-1. The market is headed at 5-2 by Treve, who will be chasing an unprecedented hat-trick.