Sottsass beats Persian King in the QIPCO Prix du Jockey Club
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Prix du Jockey Club winner Sottsass, is to be trained with the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe as his main objective for the rest of the year.

The Jean-Claude Rouget trained colt lowered the colours of Persian King in the Chantilly Classic and the trainer believes that the son of Siyouni will get the extra distance of the Arc in October.

“I don’t always like it when horses run really fast times because it can leave a mark, so the thing that really impressed me was how he has come out of the race,” Rouget told the Racing Post.

“When you think of the heat on the day [32C] and how fast they went, plus the fact that he still lacks maturity, then my feeling is that he will be better again in the autumn. It was a super performance.”

Rouget said that he will condition Sottsass with a run in the Prix Niel over the course and distance of the Arc, on September 15th.

“Before it was really hard to run the Arc preps because an extra day’s recuperation from the journey back to Pau is a lot when you only have 20 to play with,” he said.

“I think he is better equipped than Almanzor in terms of the trip and I think he will stay. What he did the other day was really something and well above what I could have imagined for him. Beating the horse who was thought to be the best in Europe by two lengths was some performance” he added.

To date, no horse has gone on to complete the Prix du Jockey Club-Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe double, since the distance of the former was shortened in 2005.