Return To Track Decision For Arazan Soon

The long anticipated comeback to the track for Arazan will be decided this week, with trainer John Oxx to announce whether his charge will start in the Solonaway Stakes on Sunday at the Curragh.

John Oxx

John Oxx

Scoring victories in two out of his three outings in 2008 as a juvenile, the four year old suffered his one loss behind Mastercraftsman in the National Stakes at almost the same time two years past.

He has been sidelined since then with various setbacks and illnesses, with trainer Oxx not previously planning a return for him until he felt the horse was ready.

Arazan was ruled out of the 2000 Guineas last year after being looked at as a major competitor for the event, which was ultimately won by stable mate Sea The Stars.

"He'll work again this week and we'll make a decision about him then," Oxx stated.

"It's two years since he's run and it's very difficult for a horse to come back and retain all of his old ability when he's had a couple of doses of pneumonia.

"It would be a lot to expect him to come back to his old form and we'll have to decide whether he is in a position to go and run.

"He's been in good health, looks terrific and he has this wonderful temperament.

"He goes out and does his work just the same as two years ago and just the same as before the Guineas last year, he's just such a willing horse.

"He's surprised me that he's got this far actually, but whether he can show his true ability, there is a bit of a question mark there.

"I wouldn't want to run him if he's not operating at the full level he was once able to do.

"I'm not certain he's going to make the track but we'll probably make our minds up on Thursday."

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