James Doyle ready to work for Sea Of Class


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Jockey James Doyle insists he is willing to lose some weight in order to partner Sea Of Class if she is supplemented for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

Doyle usually avoids rides that are below 8st 12lb but due to the age and sex allowances Sea of Class would only carry 8st 9lb in the Arc.

Connections are still considering their options for the line-up at Longchamp on October 7 but Doyle insists he is happy to get to work.

The three-year-old has won the Irish and Yorkshires Oaks in a superb campaign and she is 5.50 to take the race in France.

When asked about his plans for the October meeting, Doyle told reporters: “The Arc looks to be the right race for her.

I haven’t spoken to William (Haggas) since she won so I don’t know how far along they are as to what to go for next.

“She’ll only have 8st 9lb in the Arc which would be the lightest I’ve done for three or four years.

I did do it in Australia about 18 months ago but that was a little bit easier, so that’s another factor.

“She’s got a lovely cruising speed, but a very good turn of foot. We went pretty good fractions in the Oaks over in Ireland and she quickened off that and we went pretty steady the other day. She really drops down and accelerates.”

Enable is also being considered for the race and is 6.00 to win, while Cracksman is also in contention at odds of 8.00.

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