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Malton trainer Fahey has double chance at Longchamp
IT’S the biggest day of France's racing calendar tomorrow – and a huge day for Malton trainer Richard Fahey, who bids for a Group 1 double at Longchamp's star-studded Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe meeting.
Fahey will saddle Sandiva, beaten only once in four starts this season, in the Total Prix Marcel Boussac, and Garswood, winner of the Group 2 Lennox Stakes at Goodwood in August, who lines up in the Qatar Prix de la Foret.
Frankie Dettori, in the saddle when Sandiva easily won a Group 3 race at Deauville in August, had been booked to ride the talented juvenile again for his new boss Sheik Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani, but a fall at Nottingham earlier this week left the former champion jockey with a fractured ankle and ruled him out for the remainder of the season.
His absence means that Richard Hughes has been substituted on Sandiva.
Runner-up in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot – her only defeat – Sandiva’s latest French victory confirmed her to be among the best of her sex and generation.
She now steps up to a mile for the first time and another win for the Musley Bank raider would surely promote her to the head of the betting for next year’s 1,000 Guineas.
Ryan Moore renews his acquaintance with Garswood, who finished a staying-on sixth in the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock last month after being dropped back to six furlongs.
He will appreciate the step back up to seven furlongs tomorrow, his two previous wins this term, in the Lennox and the Free Handicap at Newmarket, having come over the same distance.
He has a mountain to climb with the brilliant French mare Moonlight Cloud in opposition along with last year’s winner Gordon Lord Byron, who had Garswood comfortably behind him when impressively scoring at Haydock last time.
As for the showpiece Arc itself, a crackerjack of a contest is promised. Treve, now the mount of Thierry Jarnet, has to be respected, but Orfevre, an unlucky loser last year, appears to be the horse to beat, provided this sometimes quirky colt is on his best behaviour.
On the domestic front, Philip Kirby could be the trainer to follow at Kelso as he has double prospects with nap selection Next Edition and Factor Fifty.
Next Edition (2.00), narrowly beaten over hurdles at Uttoxeter in July, has been running well since on the Flat, with decent placed efforts posted at York, Chester and Thirsk. He will lack nothing in fitness.
Factor Fifty (5.45) runs in the bumper and aims to follow up two good efforts at Market Rasen, where he finished second on his debut and a winning performance at Southwell.
Norton trainer Brian Ellison sends Estinaad (2.35) to the Borders track to bid for a double.
The three-year-old made a winning bow over hurdles at Perth.
Our Joey (3.45), looks set for a good season and can return in glory in Kelso’s feature race.
1.20 Sandiva, 3.15 Orfevre, 4.40 Garswood.
2.00 Next Edition (NAP), 2.35 Estinaad, 3.05 Billfromthebar, 3.45 Our Joey, 4.15 Presenting Junior, 4.45 Sendiym, 5.15 Mumgos Debut, 5.45 Factor Fifty.
Tomorrow’s other meeting: Uttoxeter and Huntingdon.
Today’s meetings: Ascot, Fontwell, Newmarket, Redcar and Wolverhampton.
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