THE recent edition of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe has provided much to dwell on over the last fortnight and it also provides further food for thought this week, albeit on a different topic to that of last Saturday.

In the aftermath of the great race, a possible date change to earlier in the autumn was mooted; some of the thinking behind this suggestion being that this would afford the contestants in Europe’s premier Group 1 a chance to race on better ground.