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Autumn campaign for Arod

Connections of Arod are in no rush to commit to future targets following the colt's excellent effort in the Investec Derby.

It is less than two months since Peter Chapple-Hyam's three-year-old shed his maiden tag emphatically at Windsor, but he has come a long way in a short space of time.

After pushing subsequent French Derby winner The Grey Gatsby close in the Dante Stakes at York, the three-year-old finished a fine fourth in Epsom's premier Classic behind 2000 Guineas third Australia, Racing Post Trophy winner Kingston Hill and supplemented Chester Vase runner-up Romsdal.

Chapple-Hyam suggested in the immediate aftermath Arod was likely to have his sights lowered on his next start, but David Redvers, racing manager for owners Qatar Racing, insists ground conditions will be key to future plans.

Redvers said: "It was a fantastic run, we were absolutely delighted with him.

"I thought Jamie (Spencer) gave him an impeccable ride. He hit a flat spot three furlongs out and he's still a bit of a baby.

"The winner proved he is absolutely the horse Aidan O'Brien said he was. He's a truly top-class horse and I think in the Guineas and the Derby we've seen two of the best Classics of recent years.

"I spoke to Pete (Chapple-Hyam) briefly this morning and he said Arod is absolutely fine. He'll have a week out in the paddock to chill for a bit.

"We've not made any absolute plans for him, but he'll be geared towards an autumn campaign.

"He needs real good ground, so we'll have to bare that in mind."