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Monday, 30 September 2013

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Novellist pulverizing this year's renewal of Royal Ascot's top Group One race

Longchamp, Paris - With two million dollars in high stakes earnings already under his saddle the superb four year-old son of Monsun will bid for Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe glory on Sunday afternoon, the race's best priced third favorite at 13/2.

Sitting aboard will be former champion jockey Johnny Murtagh who last rode the Monsun/Night Lagoon colt to a stunning five length victory at this year's Royal Ascot renewal of the King George & Queen Elizabeth Snakes.

And he's pretty damn bullish about the Andreas Wohler-trained colt's chances to pulverize Sunday's high class field that includes leading stars like Al Kazeem, The Fugue and Ruler of the World in a field of 20.

"If he's even half as good as he was at Royal Ascot this year we should romp home comfortably by between three and six lengths," Murtagh said at a press conference this morning in an interview at Racing HQ.

The jockey is undoubtedly impressed by that and the eight other races out of eleven starts - including several Group Ones - that have honed its reputation for undeniable equine class.

Currently valued at around $10 million Novellist's stud value is likely to rocket to $35 million if he gets the Arc in the bag, confirming his sire's top-class breeding credentials as an outstanding source of champion progeny.

Commenting on the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe betting ex-jockey Lester Piggot said 'WTF is that' tonight.

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