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Gay Kelleway - trainer

Gay Kelleway: trainer looking forward to her French campaign starting

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Kelleway hoping to make bright start in France

Preview: France, Monday

GAY KELLEWAY is hoping to match the bright start made by her compatriot Reg Hollinshead when she fields her first runner at Cagnes-Sur-Mer on Monday afternoon.

Hollinshead picked up some decent prize-money when Snowy Dawn finished fourth in a maiden at the Cote d'Azur circuit last Friday and Kelleway is hoping that Uphold can get a piece of the €14,000 up for grabs in the Prix Robert Villeneuve Bargemon.

The seven-year old faces last year's winner Griraz among just six opponents in the 1m4f contest which is staged on the all-weather.

Uphold  is already a winner on French soil having won a similar
all-weather contest at Deauville just over a year ago and was last in action when finishing third in a handicap at Lingfield last month.

Rated 75, Uphold  is one of just two horses that Newmarket trainer has stabled at the French track where space is at a premium.

Speaking from the track, Kelleway said: "It's a Listed race in all but name in which Uphold will probably need the run. Griraz is the one to beat but hopefully we can get some nice place money and ideally, this will put him spot on for a race back here next month."

Kelleway is more than happy to be in south eastern France rather than battle the East Anglian snows back home.

She added: "It has been a bit wet over the weekend here but it is fine and around 9C today. I have nothing for Dubai this year so it made sense to come and ideally I would bring all nine of my all-weather team down here but it's difficult to get the boxes.

"I'm lucky as I am a registered owner in France so that helps and it's really cosmopolitan where we are as there are Austrians, Germans and Italians all around us."

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