Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe: La Cressonniere pulled out of race

La Cressonniere
La Cressonniere won the the 167th 'Prix de Diane' in Chantilly in June

La Cressonniere will not run in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe next weekend.

Trainer Jean-Claude Rouget said the winner of the French versions of the 1,000 Guineas and Oaks, who was second favourite for the Arc, has a "problem".

"We don't know exactly what it is," he said. "She has to have an examination. The problem is towards the back."

Only Roger Varian's Postponed was ahead of her in the ante-post market for the race at Chantilly, which is run over one-and-a-half miles.

The traditional venue, Longchamp racecourse in Paris, is being renovated and will re-open in September 2017.


BBC racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght

This is a considerable blow to this year's staging of the Arc. La Cressonniere was amongst a relatively small number of major players, having emerged as one of the outstanding fillies in Europe with wins in the French equivalent of Britain's 1,000 Guineas and Oaks Classic-races.

Her prospects of success seemed to be further boosted by the much-quoted stat that four of the last five stagings of European flat racing's greatest prize were won by female horses. On a brighter note, La Cressonniere's absence would appear to make the task facing British-trained favourite Postponed that much easier.

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