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Battle Of Marengo, The Curragh 30.09.2012

Battle Of Marengo: beaten at Royal Ascot last time

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Battle Of Marengo
on recovery mission

Preview: France, Saturday (6.20pm BST)

Longchamp: Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris (Group 1) 1m4f, turf, 3yo colts & fillies

AIDAN O'BRIEN fields just Battle Of Marengo in his attempt to secure a third Grand Prix de Paris following Scorpion in 2005 and Imperial Monarch last year in what is France's leading mile-and-a-half prize for three-year-olds.

The Galileo colt has something to prove after he was beaten at odds-on by Hillstar in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot last time out, a run that followed his fourth-placed effort in the Derby at Epsom.

"He has been very consistent and we've been happy with him since his run at Royal Ascot," reported O'Brien. "We're putting blinkers on to sharpen him a bit."

Andre Fabre is the self-appointed captain of the home defence and runs three with strong claims.

Ocovango has just half a length to find with Battle Of Marengo on their finishing positions in the Derby, having been squeezed by those on his outside rolling down the Epsom camber.

Flintshire scored decisively in a Group 3 prep for this at Chantilly a month ago and among the Classic generation colts has only stablemate Intello and Irish Derby winner Trading Leather above him in betting for the Arc.

Au Revoir has posted a couple of confidence-boosting wins in lesser company since being purchased by Australian owners OTI Management from Coolmore and has clearly enjoyed the extra emphasis on stamina since being stepped up in trip.

Others of interest include Park Reel and Manndawi who must progress from their second and fourth placings behind Flintshire in last month's Prix du Lys.

Alain de Royer-Dupre, who trains Manndawi, said: "He's progressing and I think the third run of the season is an interesting point in his career. He'll need to find a few kilos but I think he can run well and can certainly be in the first four."

Also on Saturday (5.40pm BST)

Longchamp: Prix Maurice de Nieuil (Group 2) 1m6f, turf, 4yo+

Rags-to-riches Group 1 winner Les Beaufs (Valerie Seignoux/Adrien Fouassier) was supposed to be on his summer holidays by now but, having proved to be in top form at home, is given the chance to add a further chapter to his unlikely story.

"He really came on for his run in the Vicomtesse Vigier so we decided to keep going with him, albeit he'd probably enjoy slightly softer ground," said Seignoux.

Regular rider Julien Guillochon (the trainer's son) is sidelined with a foot injury.

But Seignoux has no concerns about Fouassier, who has never sat on the horse at home.

The trainer added: "The horse can be a little tense before his races but he's an easy ride once the gates open and Adrien will do a fine job."

Last Train (Andre Fabre/Maxime Guyon) travelled well in the Gold Cup before appearing not to get home.

He should be effective at a distance which might prove too sharp for a couple of his rivals.

Stablemate La Pomme D'Amour (Pierre-Charles Boudot) is another who has been waiting for firmer ground and it will be interesting to see her pitched in against the boys.

Verema (Alain de Royer-Dupre/Christophe Lemaire) was fifth in the Vicomtesse Vigier.

Royer-Dupre said: "She'll have the ground she likes and she seems in the same form as when running well earlier in the season. You have to forget the last day when the ground and everything else went against her."

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