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Sandiva and Pat Smullen - Naas 03.06.2013

Sandiva: boasts the highest level of form among the 12-runner field

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Sandiva heads raiding party bid in Calvados

Preview: France, Saturday (1.30pm BST)

Deauville: PMU Prix du Calvados (Group 3) 7f straight, 2yo fillies

SANDIVA heads a four-strong British-trained challenge, while Belmont maiden winner Richies Party Girl forms the middle leg of Wesley Ward's raid on Normandy this week.

Sandiva found only Kiyoshi too good in the Albany Stakes and arrives here with the highest level of form on offer among the 12 runners.

"She had a little break after Ascot and I'm very pleased with her," reported Richard Fahey. "Frankie [Dettori] was pretty keen to ride her over seven although she's got plenty of speed, in fact she's pretty straightforward."

With a lack of any pace early on in the Prix Six Perfections, Gregory Benoist abandoned the original plan and made virtually all the running aboard the unbeaten Lacarolina.

"She's usually settled in behind in the mornings so, we'll see if someone else wants to make it," said trainer Jean-Claude Rouget, adding: "She's remained in good condition since her last race."

Tom Dascombe is represented by impressive Haydock maiden winner Hot Coffee while Charlie Hills runs Chriselliam, who broke her maiden second time up at Warwick.

Godolphin's Feedyah looked to still be learning about racing when fourth in a Listed race at Sandown and lines up for Charlie Appleby.

Ward runs Richies Party Girl, who ran an impressive time in winning her most recent start, albeit over 6f and going left-handed.

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