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African Rose declared for rearranged Sprint Cup

FRENCH hope African Rose is one of 16 acceptors for the rearranged Ladbrokes Sprint Cup at Doncaster on Saturday.

Criquette Head-Maarek's filly was last seen chasing home Marchand D'Or in the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville and is the sole filly in the Group 1 line-up.

Utmost Respect was not beaten far into fourth in the same French contest and is one of two representatives for Richard Fahey, along with Knot In Wood.

Aidan O'Brien saddles Abraham Lincoln, Astronomer Royal and US Ranger as he goes in search of yet another top-level success, while Barry Hills is double-handed with Equiano and Prime Defender.

Other notable runners include 2006 winner Reverence, Henry Candy's Corrybrough and the Richard Hannon-trained Assertive.                                                                                       

Hannon is delighted with Assertive's high draw (14) and believes he will make his presence felt in the Group 1 contest.

The five-year-oldran no sort of race when last of 16 in the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville last time but his trainer is expecting a much better show at the weekend.

"He has a great draw and I think he would have a very good chance," said Hannon.

"He ran a very moderate race in France last time but Hughesy (Richard Hughes) said he wasn't moving quite right and he is certainly right now.

"I think the ground might have dried out a bit by Saturday so it might be good to soft by then which would be fine for him."


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