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Giofra: last run came in the Group 1 Prix Ganay at Longchamp in April

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Giofra lined up for Falmouth Stakes defence

GIOFRA has been handed the task of emulating Soviet Song by winning back-to-back editions of the Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes at the Newmarket next month.

Trained by Alain de Royer-Dupre, Giofra defeated Elusive Kate on the July course last summer before going on the gain places in the Prix de l'Opera, Hong Kong Cup and Dubai Duty Free.

The five-year-old returned to Europe but only managed fourth when favourite for the Group 1 Prix Ganay at Longchamp in April and has been given a break since.

Soviet Song was the last horse to win consecutive runnings of the Falmouth Stakes, a feat also achieved by Sonic Lady in the late 80s, and Royer-Dupre is pleased with his mare's condition as the race approaches.

"We have waited a long time with her because she lost weight [after the Prix Ganay] but she is in good form now and is on course to run in the Falmouth Stakes," he said.

"She's much better and looks great at the moment. We just have to wait on the ground as she doesn't want it too firm."

Giofra's task will be far from simple however with both Qipco 1,000 Guineas and Coronation Stakes winner Sky Lantern and Elusive Kate being targeted at the 1m contest on July 12.

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