Team Titleholder is gearing up for the Arc challenge
Toru Kurita and his staff are happy with the triple Group 1 winner’s preparations ahead of a key gallop at Chantilly on Wednesday.
Titleholder has pleased connections with his training and will on Wednesday stride out in his final fast work before Sunday’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, when the dominant four-year-old will lead the latest Japanese assault on France’s great autumn feature.
Last year’s Japanese St Leger winner is the first overseas runner for his trainer, Toru Kurita, who has entrusted the Chantilly-side preparations so far to his assistant Ryu Tsukada. The son of Duramente is stabled at the yard of Japanese expat trainer Satoshi Kobayashi.
“Titleholder has settled in very well since he arrived on September 17,” Tsukada told Asian Racing Report.
“He had a faster gallop on the grass last Wednesday with five horses from Satoshi Kobayashi’s stable and that was a great gallop. We plan to have jockey Kazuo Yokoyama riding him when he does his gallop on Wednesday this week.”
Yokoyama gained his first experience of the track at Longchamp when he rode the Kobayashi-trained Black Lives Matter to eighth place in a mile conditions race there on September 15.
“It was only one race but it is a bonus because now he knows the track, the atmosphere, the French style of racing and the processes of race day here,” Tsukada added.