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Fahey hopes to toast Master Noverre in Champagne Stakes

RICHARD FAHEY hopes Master Noverre can emulate his sire and claim victory in the £100,000 Group 2 Keepmoat Champagne Stakes at Doncaster on September 13.

Noverre took the prestigious prize in 2000 and Fahey is set to saddle his son, who won his first two starts before chasing home Shaweel in the Gimcrack Stakes at Newbury last time.

"Master Noverre is likely to run in the Champagne and he has done nothing wrong," said Fahey.

"We always felt he was a horse that would stay and then he won twice over five furlongs.

"It was a case of getting some racing into him and, to be fair, he has done well to win those races over the shorter trip and he did it because he's a decent horse.

"All he did was stay the other day at Newbury and he has improved now.

"He was on his head a little bit over five furlongs twice but still won and I think the seven furlongs will suit him well.

"If it was very firm he wouldn't run and if it was heavy, he wouldn't run, but he'll run on anything in between.

"It'll be a tough race but I think he's going to step up again now, so we're looking forward to seeing him run."                       

Deadly Secret, runner-up to odds-on favourite Zuzu in a Ripon conditions race last time, is also entered in the Champagne Stakes but Fahey has other plans for the Johannesburg colt.

"Deadly Secret also holds an entry and is in good order but I'm thinking I just might go for the Weatherbys Insurance Two-Year-Old Stakes on the Thursday of Doncaster with him," the trainer added.

Fellow North Yorkshire handler Karl Burke is considering his high-class colt Lord Shanakill for a date at the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival.

The juvenile was third in the Darley Prix Morny last month and could line up in the Champagne Stakes on the Saturday or the Flying Childers Stakes on the Friday.

"Lord Shanakill will be left in the Champagne Stakes and will also have an entry in the Flying Childers," said Burke. "Our first plan is to go for the Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury but we are keeping all our options open.

"He's better on top of the ground so he wouldn't go anywhere if it goes very soft or heavy, but he would handle a little bit of cut."

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