By Jon Lees
France: The trainer of Chrono Genesis described the Japanese mare as “in very good condition” after watching her gallop under big race jockey Oisin Murphy ahead of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
Takashi Saito said the workout in Chantilly had gone exactly to plan as the finishing touches were applied to Japan’s leading hope for the 100th edition of Europe’s richest race.
Chrono Genesis, a four-time G1 winner, will line up with Deep Bond in a twin assault on a prize in which Japan has endured four near-misses with Orfevre (twice), Nakayama Festa and El Condor Pasa all finishing second.
Saito said: “This morning Chrono Genesis worked under Oisin Murphy and she appears very settled. The main part of the preparation was done in Japan. She is in very good condition.
“The jockey did exactly as asked, not to force her to go too fast. She was very fluent and not concerned about anything.”
Chrono Genesis, owned by Sunday Racing, has run only twice in 2021, finishing a neck second to Mishriff in the Dubai Sheema Classic in March and winning the G1 Takarazuka Kinen in June.
Saito said this was a typical schedule for the daughter of 2004 Arc winner Bago which had been planned ever since her end-of-year victory in the Arima Kinen.
“This is her rhythm,” he said. “She usually runs every two or three months. It is three months since her last race but that is something she is used to. She needs that time in between races.
“She had won the G1 race in December and that was the point where we started to think about the Arc. We chose Dubai to give her some experience to see how she would run after having travelled.”
He continued: “I am not worried about possible soft ground. It is an eternal debate when we run Japanese horses in the Arc and whether the ground has anything to do with it. Chrono Genesis can adapt to all grounds. She is very brave and courageous.
“I know the opposition is going to be very strong but for me the most important thing is that I prepare the mare so that she is 100 per cent in form on the day. The rest is up to Oisin.
“I am very honoured that she is considered to have a chance in the Arc. Were she to win I would be very very happy.”
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