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Sir Graham Wade: won at Doncaster and Haydock under Fallon last month

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Fallon teams up with Sir Graham Wade in Nantes

Preview: France, Tuesday 12.30pm BST

Nantes: Grand Prix de Nantes (Listed) 1m4f, 3yo+

KIEREN FALLON will forgo the home comforts of Yarmouth and Lingfield on Tuesday to maintain his blossoming partnership with Sir Graham Wade in the €55,000 Grand Prix de Nantes.

Mark Johnston's charge has advanced 25lb this season, capping a winning spree with a neck defeat of Nanton in Doncaster's Mallard Stakes last month.

The three-year-old son of Dalakhani was then second to Biographer at Ascot on his first try in Listed company.

"This trip is probably short of his best but you'll need to stay well in that [heavy] ground," said trainer's son Charlie Johnston. "If he's the horse that we're hoping, then he could develop into a top class stayer next year and hopefully his class will be enough."

The Grand Prix is the latest leg on the nationwide 'Defi du Galop' and, among ten older rivals, Sir Graham Wade will face series regulars Aizavoski and Griraz.

Also on Tuesday

Prix des Sablonets (Listed) 1m, 2yo (11am BST)

FALLON will earlier be aboard the Johnston-trained Alta Lilea, one of five two-year-olds to line-up for the Prix des Sablonnets.

"I don't think it was the hottest maiden in the world at Leicester but she could do no more than beat those she was up against and she did it very convincingly," reasoned Johnston.

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