Next Targets Set for Serpentine, Santiago

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Serpentine | Racing Post

Trainer Aidan O'Brien has announced plans for two of his 3-year-old stars of 2020, G1 Investec Derby upsetter Serpentine (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and G1 Irish Derby hero Santiago (Ire) (Authorized {Ire}).

Serpentine will make his next start in the G1 Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris at ParisLongchamp on Arc Trial day Sept. 13.

“The lads [owners Coolmore] wanted to keep him at a mile and a half, with a view that he could go for the Arc or something like that,” O'Brien said. The Grand Prix de Paris replaces the G2 Prix Niel, the customary 3-year-old course-and-distance prep for the Arc, which has been suspended this year.

Santiago, who gave O'Brien his 14th Irish Derby success late last month, will take on Stradivarius (Ire) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) in the G1 Goodwood Cup over two miles and will be in receipt of 15 pounds.

“It was always the plan to come here after Ascot, and we took in the Irish Derby on the way,” said O'Brien. “He seems to have come out of the Irish Derby well–we're very happy with him at the moment.

“We always thought the Goodwood Cup was a race that would suit him. He's a horse we always thought would stay very well– that's why he ran him first time out this year at Ascot over a mile and six (furlongs).

“He's a very straightforward horse to handle and to train and he's very clean-winded. He's a very exciting horse, and we always viewed him as possibly a Cup horse for next year, so this is all good experience for him really.

“If everything goes well, he'll probably go straight from here to the [G1] St Leger, because there isn't really anything for him in between.”

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