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RACING: Charlton guarded over Al Kazeem
8:54am Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in Sport
DRYING weather looks likely to scupper the participation of Wiltshire-trained Al Kazeem in the Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday.
The Roger Charlton-trained horse has already enjoyed a stunning campaign, claiming a Group One hat-trick in the Tattersalls Gold Cup, the Prince of Wales's Stakes and the Coral-Eclipse.
However, he was beaten into third in a fast-ground Juddmonte International at York last month and ease underfoot is essential for his next assignment.
Beckhampton trainer Charlton told his website, rogercharlton.com: "James Doyle walked the course (on Sunday) before his second Group One winner at the Curragh and described the ground as being very quick.
"So unless there is a change in the weather forecast before the weekend Al Kazeem is looking a doubtful starter.
"A decision will be taken nearer the time."
Al Kazeem is likely to have one more run before a tilt at either the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on October 6 or the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot 13 days later, according to his owner John Deer.
Deer said: "I would think he'll have two more runs. He's entered in the Prix Foy at Longchamp (September 15) and then after that it's the Arc or the Champion Stakes "I never thought I'd be talking about one of my horses running in races like this, it's unbelievable.
"He's had a great year and he's just a fantastic horse."
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