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Maarek (Declan McDonogh) wins the Prix de l'Abbaye - Longchamp 6.10.13

Maarek touches off Catcall in the the Prix de l'Abbaye last month

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France: Catcall tries again after Abbaye agony

Preview, Maisons-Laffitte, Friday

Prix Seine-et-Oise (Group 3) 3yo+, 6f

CATCALL, touched off in the Group 1 Prix de l'Abbaye last month, heads a pan-European field for the Group 3 Prix Seine-et-Oise.

Swedish, German, Irish and British challengers line up to take on the Philippe Sogorb-trained sprinter, who looked an unlucky loser at Longchamp on Arc day.

After Maarek caught Catcall on the line, Sogorb said: "He got the there too soon and when he gets to the front he relaxes. He could have won, but that's racing."

Connections have called up Olivier Peslier to replace Francois-Xavier Bertras for this return to six furlongs, over which he won a Listed race this year.

Amarillo, winner of the John of Gaunt Stakes at Haydock and second in the Challenge Stakes at Newmarket last time for German trainer Peter Schiergen, heads the opposition.

The lure of soft ground has drawn William Muir to run Magic Secret, who is up against it on official ratings having won a Salisbury handicap off a mark of 80 last time.

Muir said: "He still seems in great shape but is stepping up in company. He simply loves soft ground, which he is going to get and which can be a great leveller."

Jim Bolger sends heavy-ground early-season maiden winner Caesaria, while Sweden is represented by Rune Haugen-trained Giant Sandman, who wears cheekpieces after his Listed second at Taby last time, having beaten Amarillo into fourth in the Group 2 Goldene Peitsche at Baden-Baden in August.

Also on Tuesday

Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte (Group 2), 2yo, 6f

OLLIE Pears has his first runner in France when recent Rockingham Stakes second No Leaf Clover contests the Group 2 Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte.

Pears, six years to the day since he sent out his first runner from a stable strength of four, said: "He came out of the York race really well, he left on Saturday and travelled over well.

"He should go well - a very good horse beat him last time and they were well clear of the rest."

David Wachman has sent over JP McManus youngster Hidden Oasis, who ran fifth to subsequent Coventry and Dewhurst winner War Command on his debut and won a premier nursery at Naas off a mark of 101 last time.

Leading French hopes are Group 3 winners This Time, who gets the 4lb filly's allowance, and the Aga Khan's Kiram, who beat the reopposing German-trained Listed winner High Duty at Chantilly last month.

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