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Olympic Glory - Newbury 20.04.2013

Olympic Glory: set to return to scene of his Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere win

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)  

Olympic heads hopefuls ahead of Longchamp test

France: Olympic Glory will attempt to bookend a week to remember for the Richard Hannon team, after featuring among 30 colts to go forward from Tuesday's first forfeit stage for Sunday's Poule d'Essai des Poulains (French 2,000 Guineas).

Seven days on from Sky Lantern's Qipco 1,000 Guineas success, Shiekh Joaan Al Thani's colt is set to return to the scene of his Group 1 triumph in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere last October.

Hannon could also saddle Craven Stakes runner-up Havana Gold in the Classic, which has been given a €100,000 boost in prize money this season.

Jim Bolger has three remaining entries as he seeks to add to Dawn Approach's success on the Rowley Mile, although Criterium International winner Loch Garman and Trading Leather both have an alternative engagement in the Derrinstown Derby Trial at Leopardstown on the same day.

Gale Force Ten heads three possibles for Aidan O'Brien, while Andre Fabre looks set to rely on impressive Newmarket winner Intello.

Mikel Delzangles is set to emulate many leading British and Irish trainers in saddling Breeders' Cup heroine Flotilla without the aid of a prep race for the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (French 1,000 Guineas).

The daughter of Mizzen Mast completed her preparation on Monday and Delzangles told Paris-Turf: "She worked well and if she gets over her exertions okay she'll line-up on Sunday."

31 fillies remain after the forfeit stage, including the Dermot Weld-trained Big Break, who missed the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket when well-fancied.

As with the colts, Fabre has left in only one possible runner in the shape of Godolphin's Tasaday, who connections will hope can turn the tables with Prix de la Grotte conqueror Kenhope.

There is a further forfeit stage for both races on Wednesday, with the final fields and draw confirmed on Friday. 

 
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