Schiaparelli not spot on warn Godolphin
PREVIEW: PRIX FOY, Sunday
3.30pm Longchamp : Prix Foy (Group 2) 1m4f
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GODOLPHIN are warning that four-time Group 1winner Schiaparelli will need the run as he makes his debut for the Dubai team in the Qatar-sponsored Prix Foy.
Won by Manduro a year ago, this trial has not attracted a horse of that class, but Schiaparelli won the German Derby in 2006 before runningup a four-timer including ahat-trick in Group 1s in Germany and Italy in the second half of last season for former trainer Peter Schiergen.
Unseen since October last year, the five-year-old son of Monsun would appreciate any give.
Khalid Abdullah will have his colours carried by both Zambezi Sun and Crossharbour with retained jockey Stephane Pasquier on the former, who hasn't won since landing the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris in July of last year. Crossharbour, a half-brother to Rail Link, is stepping up in trip.
Freddie Head changed tactics on Avanti Polonia when she won the Group 2 Prix de Pomone but she was rather disappointing last time out in the Grand Prix de Deauville.
The ex-Brazilian Light Green, who worked with Zarkava this week, was behind Crossharbour when both were beaten last time in the Gontaut-Biron.
What they say :
Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to Khalid Abdullah, owner of Crossharbour and Zambezi Sun
"Crossharbour ran pretty well at Deauville last time and is stepping up to a mile and a half. It will be interesting to see if he get the distance buthe is a half-brother to Rail Link and is a big scopey horse so it shouldn't be a problem.
"Zambezi Sun rana big race at Saint-Cloud. We've given him the time and he seems to be in good form."
Pascal Bary, trainer of Zambezi Sun
"I am very pleased with his condition and he has been moving well at home. I feel he is back to his best form and at the top of his game."
Simon Crisford, racing manager of Godolphin, owners of Schiaparelli
"He hasn't been out for some time so we will definitely need the run and it is important to emphasise this fact. He will come on a lot for the outing and needs to get out on the racecourse."
Freddie Head, trainer of Avanti Polonia
"Her run in the Grand Prix was too bad and I just can't explain it. Maybe it was an off day. On herrun in the Prix Pomone she has a definite chance, loves the ground and I expect her to run well."