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Muhaarar Ascot 2015

Muhaarar: leading sprinter heads to France on Saturday

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Hills hoping star sprinter Muhaarar can fly high

CHARLIE HILLS has confirmed leading sprinter Muhaarar will bid for his third Group 1 of the season in Sunday's Prix Maurice de Gheest and plans to fly the three-year-old to France to avoid the problems caused at the Eurotunnel terminal by migrants in Calais.

The Commonwealth Cup and July Cup winner, who runs in the colours of Hamdan Al Maktoum, will likely be one of the leading contenders for the 6½f Group 1, which takes place at Deauville and was won 12 months ago by the Richard Fahey-trained Garswood.

"We've thought about it and we'll fly him over on Saturday," the Lambourn trainer said on Monday morning. "He should take it well as he's got a good temperament and it shouldn't be a problem.

"He's in good form and I'm really pleased with him. Paul Hanagan [jockey] came down and sat on him at the weekend and couldn't be more pleased with him.

"It's been the plan to run him in this race for a while and we're really looking forward to Sunday.

"I think it's pretty dry out there at the moment and it didn't look too bad yesterday [when Amazing Maria won the Prix Rothschild]. The six and a half furlongs will really suit him, as will the track."

Read the thoughts of Charlie Hills every week exclusively in the Racing Post Weekender - available on Wednesday

 
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