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Rae Guest: has a Listed race at York next week in mind for How's Life

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Guest's How's Life misses cut for Classic

France: Rae Guest was in philosophical mood after How's Life became one of two fillies to be miss the cut for Sunday's Poule d'Essai des Pouliches, leaving a maximum 20 to go to post.

An easy winner at Beverley on her last start, How's Life was removed from the field along with the Aidan O'Brien-trained Hanky Panky, having been determined by the French handicapper to have the lowest ratings of the 22 declared.

"They don't usually have that many runners in their Guineas," said Guest, who enjoyed one of his finest hours when My Emma landed the Prix Vermeille at Longchamp in 1996.

"We're going to go to York next week for a three-year-old Listed fillies' race over a mile. It would have been nice to go to France but it's not the end of the world as we've got somewhere else to go. I'm not saying she'll definitely win but it's certainly an easier task."

With much of the first four furlongs on the Longchamp mile course on the turn a low draw is deemed essential in big fields. There were winners and losers among the leading fancies for both the Pouliches and the Poule d'Essai des Poulains for the colts

Richard Hughes, who won Sunday's 1,000 Guineas on Sky Lantern, will have to overcome being drawn 12 of 18 aboard Olympic Glory in the Poulains if he is to land a second Classic in the space of a week.

His Richard Hannon-trained Stablemate Havana Gold is just inside in stall 11, while Morandi is in nine and Prix de Fontainebleau winner Gengis is widest of all in 18.

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