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Head team in fine fettle ahead of Prix du Moulin

FREDDIE HEAD, who has already enjoyed a lucrative campaign at Deauville, may be set for further Group 1 glory this weekend, the trainer reporting Goldikova in fine form for her Qatar Prix du Moulin de Longchamp bid.

Head, who has booked Olivier Peslier for the ride, said: "The filly is in great form and can act on any ground. We will run PasSeule as a pacemaker."

Of Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum's Tamayuz, he added: "I've been highly delighted with the colt since his victory in the Jacques Le Marois."

The stable favourite Marchand d'Or is now back on course for a tilt at the Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp. After the five-year-old landed his hat trick in the Prix Maurice de Gheest, he had a minor training setback, so had to miss the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock.

"He's absolutely fine now and back in training," added Head. "Weare on course for the l'Abbaye."

After Wednesday's Moulin forfeit, 15 remain, including Henrythenavigator, King Of Westphalia and Honoured Guest from the stable of Aidan O'Brien.

Alain de Royer-Dupre will be hoping for decent ground for Darjina, the mount of Gerald Mosse.

His Prix d'Ispahan winner Sageburg will be ridden by champion jockey Stephane Pasquier, who returned to form after a disappointing Deauville with a treble at Longchamp on Tuesday.

The Pascal Bary-trained Natagorawill be racing on the round course at Longchamp for the first time. She will be having her third Group 1 outing in just five weeks and will be accompanied to post by her Brazilian-bred pacemaker Sarissa.

Richard Hannon is having a look at the race for Major Cadeaux, third behind Tamayuz and Natagora in the Jacques Le Marois, and Paco Boy.

River Proud finished second in the Prix Guillaume d'Ornano over 1m2f at Deauville and assistant trainer Oliver Cole said on Wednesday: "The colt is in great formand we have left him in the Moulin to have a look.

"An alternative could be the Prix du Prince d'Orange later in the month and he has also been entered at Longchamp during the Arc weekend."

The Peter Chapple-Hyam trained Al Qasi went through the forfeit, as did Lovelace, who is under the care of Mark Johnston at Middleham.

As the Moulin stands, there could be three pacemakers and hopefully they will be out of the way by the time the big guns make their challenge in the straight.

Therehas been pretty persistent rain over the past 24 hours in Paris and the Longchamp going was officially good to soft on Wednesday morning. The weather forecast is unsettled.



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