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Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Chappet takes the quiet route to Meydan with Finsbury Square

Signs Of Blessing won't be joining winner in Al Quoz Sprint

Finsbury Square with Christophe Soumillon and trainer Fabrice Chappet (right ) after winning the Prix Anabaa
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On a card used by connections of Solow and Cirrus Des Aigles in recent years as a rehearsal for the Dubai World Cup meeting, Finsbury Square showed his well being when coaxed to a snug success in the Prix Anabaa under the minimum of encouragement from Christophe Soumillon.

The bare form of his head defeat of Saon is nothing to be excited about but the son of Siyouni, who is entered in the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan, more than satisfied his trainer, Fabrice Chappet. 

"He is a good horse and given there was no real pace that wouldn’t have suited him," said Chappet. "Christophe looked after him as it was his comeback and he got the job done. He showed last year that he was competitive with the best of Europe when finishing fourth in the Prix de l’Abbaye."

The Didier Guillemin-trained The Right Man is due to put his Al Quoz Sprint claims to the test at Meydan on Saturday but Signs Of Blessing won't be joining his compatriots in Dubai.

"He is fine but he is not ready and won't be going," said trainer Francois Rohaut, whose six-year-old was a fine fifth from an impossible wide draw in the Hong Kong Sprint last December. 

"He could go to Hong Kong in May or else make his comeback here and then go on to Ascot. If we could find a partner what I would really like to do is to aim him at the Everest in Australia, which is of course worth a huge amount and would be a great adventure for us all."

Rohaut was speaking after Best Fouad had upset Dubai Turf entry Heshem in the Prix Darshaan over an extended 1m1f.

"He ran right up to form there but I don't know where we'll go next, as he loves heavy ground," said Rohaut.

Heshem looked set to register his first victory since last season's Prix Eugene Adam but was unable to reel in Best Fouad. 

Al Shaqab representitive Rupert Pritchard-Gordon said: "We will see how Heshem comes out of the race before deciding on Dubai. He has run OK for a first start since Arc weekend but maybe, giving the winner two kilos, was just below his best."

 

He showed last year that he was competitive with the best of Europe when finishing fourth in the Prix de l’Abbaye
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