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William Haggas - Goodwood - August 2, 2008

William Haggas: sends Haikbidiac to France for Group race test

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

Haikbidiac aiming for Group race glory

Preview: France, Tuesday (2.20pm)

Chantilly: Prix d'Arenberg (Group 3) 5½f, 2yo

HAVING scooped the DBS Sales pot at York, William Haggas sends Haikbidiac into Group company for the first time.

With Liam Jones sidelined after his Saturday fall at Ascot, Gerald Mosse takes over on the son of Kodiac, who Haggas expects to cope with the slight drop back in trip.

"He would have won last time if the race had been over five and a half and there really isn't a six furlong Group 3 for him so this is where we have to go," said Haggas, who scored in this race with Triple Aspect five years ago.

Kanz takes a sharp climb in class but represents Mick Channon and Martin Harley, 12 months on from their success with Cay Verde.

The home defence is arguably headed by Francis Graffard's Al Muthana, who finished seventh in the Prix Morny.

Half an hour earlier the Prix d'Aumale (1.50pm BST) is an entirely domestic affair, although supporters of Sandiva's Classic claims will be hoping for a bold show from her Deauville victim Straight Thinking in this trial for the Prix Marcel Boussac.

The Listed Prix des Tourelles (2.55pm BST) provides two more chances for British trainers to get on the board.

Quiz Mistress has been a regular envoy from Hughie Morrison's yard to France and is reunited with Ioritz Mendizabal, with whom she scored at this level last season at Saint-Cloud.

Tom Queally comes over to take the ride aboard the progressive Court Pastoral, a clearcut winner on each of her three starts to date.

"She's been working well and she's improving so it made sense to move her up to Listed company," said trainer Lady Cecil.

Pagera has been largely disappointing since finishing second in the Group 1 EP Taylor Stakes but trainer Alex Pantall has always been adamant that an autumn campaign on softer ground would see her in a much better light.

 
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