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Fergal Lynch

Fergal Lynch: rides Elleval in Meydan Classic

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Elleval attempts to follow up in Meydan Classic

Preview: UAE, Thursday 3.55pm GMT (live on Sky)

Meydan: Meydan Classic (Listed) 1m, turf, 3yo

THURSDAY'S main support race is the Listed Meydan Classic, and the David Marnane-trained Elleval (Fergal Lynch) should go close in his attempt to follow up victory in the 7f trial three weeks ago. Marnane is hoping for a clearer passage this time for the pairing.

He said: "They found themselves a lot further out of their ground than we planned last time but Fergal was able to find the gaps when he needed them and they won going away in the end. The extra furlong should help and hopefully the smaller field is in our favour.

"He has definitely improved with that run under his belt and we are very hopeful."

British trainers are well represented with the Mick Channon-trained Luhaif (Martin Harley) and Deauville Prince (Tom Dascombe/Richard Kingscote), looking the main dangers to Elleval.

Channon's runner was third in the trial, having tried to make all under Martin Harley and his close third in last year's Group 2 Vintage Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, behind subsequent Group 1 winner Olympic Glory, appears strong form in the context of this race.

Harley said: "He may have only won once but he has run some good races in defeat in hot contests. He should run well again."

Meanwhile, Deauville Prince, fourth in last year's Group 1 Gran Criterium in Milan, takes a drop in class having finished fourth to Soft Falling Rain in the Group 3 UAE 2,000 Guineas on his local/Tapeta debut. Like Luhaif, he likes to race prominently.

Godolphin trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni has both Leicester maiden winner Now Spun (Mickael Barzalona) and Filfil (Kieren Fallon). Filfil is having his fourth start at Meydan this year and was well beaten behind Elleval in the trial last time out.

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