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Ocovango remains on Classic track for Fabre

Report: France, Sunday

Saint-Cloud: Prix Francois Mathet (Listed) 1m2½f, 3yo colts & geldings

OCOVANGO (Andre Fabre/Pierre-Charles Boudot) earned a quote of 20-1 for the Investec Derby after he carried the maroon colours of Prince Faisal to a smooth success, confirming the promise of his debut victory at the track on heavy ground in November.

The son of Monsun is also entered in Prix du Jockey Club and is 33-1 with some firms for Epsom.

"The slight worry last time was that he won in yielding ground and that it might have been a muddle of a race, but I walked the course today and it's dried out," said Ted Voute, who was representing Prince Faisal.

"It looks like Pierre didn't need to touch him and unlike last time he settled him in to teach him. We're delighted."

Useful yardstick Park Reel finished a length and a half back in second, having filled the same spot over course and distance when just denied by Kapour in the Listed Prix Maurice Caillaut.

Also on Sunday

Saint-Cloud: Prix de la Porte de Madrid (Listed) 1m4f, 4yo+

FREDDY HEAD'S tremendous early-season form continued as Slow Pace (Olivier Peslier) belied his name to score by a length and three quarters from Meleagros.

"He was a good three-year-old who acted as a pacemaker for Galikova before going to America, where he didn't adapt," said Head.

"I'm pleased he's proved he stays a mile and a half and he'll run next in the Prix d'Hedouville."

Last season's Prix du Lys winner Remus De La Tour finished third. 

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