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Olivier Peslier - jockey - 2010

Olivier Peslier: weather conspired against Pastorius at Kranji last time out

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Pastorius to bounce back in Eclipse says Peslier

GERMAN raider Pastorius, an 8-1 shot for Saturday's Coral-Eclipse, will leave behind the form of his last appearance when he runs at Sandown, jockey Olivier Peslier predicted on Tuesday.

Pastorius, winner of the German Derby last year and Prix Ganay earlier this season, was 12th of 13 in the International Cup at Kranji in May.

However, Peslier said the sweltering weather had conspired against his mount.

"I thought he won very well at Longchamp but in Singapore the weather was too humid for him," he said.

"He is a very nervous horse and sweated a lot that day. All the Europeans who went there seemed to run badly and I think you can forget that run. He is better in Europe and even if it is hot it will not be so humid.

"It will not be easy for him Saturday as he is running against very good horses. I'll ride him for a place because it is going to be difficult, but he is good enough to run very well."

Sandown ground conditions late on Tuesday afternoon were still reported to be good, good to firm in places, but the Met Office was predicting rain in the Esher area last night - between 2mm and 4mm were forecast - prior to dry and increasingly sunny weather for the rest of the week.

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