Free Eagle is among 11 horses left in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot on Wednesday following the confirmation stage. The four-year-old hasn’t raced since he finished third in the Qipco Champion Stakes over the course and distance in October. Dermot Weld reports the High Chaparral to be A1 again now and ready to make his return. American ace California Chrome will bid to put leading European horses to the sword in the Group One over a mile and a quarter. Last year’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes hero was last in action at Meydan in March when he was second to Prince Bishop in the Dubai World Cup. After running in the world’s most valuable race, the connections of the Art Sherman-trained colt shipped him over to Newmarket where he has been housed by Rae Guest ahead of this race. Kevin Ryan’s The Grey Gatsby, who was also second at Meydan behind Solow in the Dubai Turf, will try to win his first race since he lowered the colours of Australia in the Irish Champion Stakes in September. The Grey Gatsby was fourth to Al Kazeem in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh, a race which Free Eagle had to miss because he was suffering from a head cold. There are two French-trained possibles in Ectot and Gailo Chop while Japanese challenger Spielberg and Criterion from Australia add even more global interest. John Gosden is double-handed with Eagle Top and Western Hymn while Sir Michael Stoute relies on Cannock Chase. The Corsican, trained by David Simcock, completes the list. Press Association
Source: Daily Mail Arsenal have ramped up their pursuit of Thomas Partey by reportedly leaving a £43.5million offer on the table for the Atletico Madrid star.The Ghanaian midfielder has become a key figure at the Wanda Metropolitano this season, featuring 35 times across all competitions to help Atletico reach the Champions League quarter-finals.However, Partey has a release clause in his contract and according to Corriere dello Sport, Mikel Arteta’s side has launched a £43.5m bid.The report also claims that he is just ‘one step away’ from moving to the Emirates Stadium.Arteta is desperate to rebuild his Arsenal squad after taking over as manager in December following a very turbulent season.The Gunners languish in ninth position in the Premier League, winning just nine times out of a possible 28, and Arteta is seeking reinforcements to make inroads on the top four.Arteta is reportedly holding out for a defensive midfielder to help protect Arsenal’s shaky defence, with Lucas Torreira and Co struggling to nail down a regular starting spot.However, Partey still has three years remaining on his contract with Atletico, and the club is looking to tie him down to a new deal.The LaLiga outfit wants to reward his hugely impressive form with a pay rise and they hope they can lock him in until 2025 while inserting a much bigger release clause into his terms.