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Marchand D'Or fully recovered for Abbaye

MARCHAND D'OR has recovered from the injury that ruled him out of the Sprint Cup and the Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp on October5 is now firmly on the agenda for the star sprinter.

Freddie Head's five-year-old has been in a rich vein of form this season, taking July Cup glory at Newmarket on his penultimate start before winning the Prix Maurice de Gheestat Deauville for the third consecutive year.

A trip for the original SprintCup at Haydock, a race he was second in last year, was the next target for the gelding but he was forced to miss that, as well as the rearranged version at Doncaster, due to injury.                              

"Marchand D'Or is very well again now so everything is good with him," said Head.

"The Abbaye at Longchamp on Arc day is the plan for him now so we look forward to that."

Even in the absence of Marchand D'Or, the Head family were still able to plunder the Sprint Cup prize with Freddie's sister CriquetteHead-Maarek saddling African Rose to take top honours.

"I was very happy that my sister won the race at Doncaster at the weekend and it was a great day for everyone," Head added.


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