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Zarkava 1-2 favourite for Prix Vermeille

ZARKAVA will face a maximum 11 rivals in Sunday's Qatar Prix Vermeille at Longchamp, for which she is the red-hot 1-2 favourite with Blue Square.

Frankie Dettori will be on board Folk Opera for Godolphin, while John Gosden has declared Dar Re Miand Michita.

Aidan O'Brien can choose between Ice Queen, Honoria and Adored in the 12-runner Group 1.

Dar Re Mi, who will be partnered by Christophe Lemaire, is no stranger to France as she finished a close third to Treat Gently in the Group 2 Prix de Malleret, before taking the Prix Minerve at Deauville.

Last time out she finished second to Lush Lashes in the Yorkshire Oaks at Newmarket.

Seven colts were declared for the Qatar Prix Niel, including the Gosden-trained Centennial, who will be ridden by Jimmy Fortune.

Brian Meehan is having a look at the event for City Leader, who has already been placed in a couple of Group 2 races in France during the summer.

O'Brien will rely on King Of Rome, while Prix du Jockey-Club winner Vision d'Etat will be ridden by Ioritz Mendizabal.

Andre Fabre fields both Ideal World and Prospect Wells, and the Criquette Head-Maarek-trained Full Of Gold appears for the first time since finishing last in the Jockey-Club.                

He ended his two-year-old season with a victory in the Group 1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud.

Dettori will be on board Godolphin's Schiaparelli in the Qatar Prix Foy. He has not been out since winning the Gran Premio del Jockey Club in Milan last October.

Six horses were declared for this Group 2 Arc trial, in which Khalid Abdulla will be represented by both Crossharbour and Zambezi Sun, whom trainer Pascal Bary reported to be in great form at Chantilly on Thursday afternoon.

There were, surprisingly, no British-trained sprinters entered in the 5f Qatar Prix du Petit Couvert, but the Qatar Prix Gladiateur will be contested by the Amanda Perrett-trained Tungsten Strike, who will be ridden by Darryll Holland.
The going at Longchamp on Thursday was good to firm, but clerk of the course Christian Delporte was predicting stormy downpours overnight.

Blue Square:
1-2 Zarkava, 7 Ice Queen, 8 Gagnoa, 8 Dar Rei Mi, 14 Adored, Michita, 16 Turfrose, Folk Opera, 20 Treat Gently, 50 Honoria, Tangspeed, 66 Baila Me

Blue Square:
2 Vision d'Etat, 9-4 Prospect Wells, 9-2 Ideal World, 11-2 Centennial, 7 City Leader, 10 King of Rome, 25 Full Of Gold

Blue Square:
6-4 Zambezi Sun, 5-2 Crossharbour, 11-4 Schiaparelli, 10 Not Just Swing, 16 Avanti Polonia, Light Green


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