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Sou unlikely for Sea in Arc

Christophe Soumillon is unlikely to be on Sea The Moon if the exciting German Derby winner takes his chance in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

The son of 2009 Arc hero Sea The Stars is third favourite at around 8-1 for the Longchamp showpiece on October 5 after he demolished the field at Hamburg on Sunday.

However, the unbeaten three-year-old would have to be supplemented for the French feature at a cost of €120,000.

Also, connections of the Markus Klug-trained colt might have to look elsewhere for a jockey as Christophe Soumillon, who replaced regular rider Andreas Helfenbein on Sunday, could be claimed by his retainer, the Aga Khan.

"If the horse goes into foreign countries, say for the Arc, then Christophe Soumillon must ride for the Aga Khan, so it is difficult to get him for Sea The Moon in France," said Cologne-based Klug, 38.

Sea The Moon's next race is likely to be on his home soil in the Grosser Preis von Baden at Baden-Baden on September 7.

"That's the plan. He will have a break, then he will go to Baden-Baden and then perhaps to the Arc," said Klug.

"It was fantastic performance on Sunday. The horse is well, he's at home, and everything's all right."