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Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Newmarket and Deauville options remain open for classy Senga

Brametot overcomes early defecit to dominate Fontainebleau

Pascal Bary was delighted with the winning return of Senga in the Prix de la Grotte Etalon Kendargent
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Senga pushed herself firmly into the Classic picture with an authoritative success in the Prix de la Grotte Etalon Kendargent on Sunday but connections will be in no hurry to make a choice between Newmarket and Deauville. 

Last seen when a fast-finishing fourth to Wuheida in the Prix Marcel Boussac, the Niarchos family's daughter of Blame had matters in hand at the furlong pole and was not pushed too hard by Stephane Pasquier to see off La Sardane by a length. 

Paddy Power cut Senga from 20-1 into 16-1 for the Qipco 1,000 Guineas while Ladbrokes were more impressed and make her a 10-1 chance to give Pascal Bary a second win in the race.

Bary said: "Today she was both a bit fresh and still a little inexperienced. She is entered in both races and we'll see."

The Poule d'Essai des Pouliches is only six days after the Guineas and Niarchos racing manager Alan Cooper said: "We weren't too disappointed when she was fourth in the Boussac because she was still a bit green that day. We will take our time to decide and it will be down to how the filly herself is, rather than the opposition. We will be guided by Pascal. Good ground like today is ideal for her."

Brametot made a startling impression when sweeping by his rivals in the Prix Fontainebleau, having forfeited five lengths leaving the stalls under a patient Cristian Demuro.

The victory was clearly important to an emotional Jean-Claude Rouget, who is battling a virulent strain of disease which has already claimed the lives of two horses. 

"When you experience a moment like that having been in the depths like we have..." said Rouget. "He is not an easy mount and I think he needed to be ridden into it gradually like that. He heads to Deauville with more experience than many and he will be allowed to amuse himself in behind and then come with a run."

Investec Derby entry Akihiro lost out in a driving finish to stablemate Soleil Marin at the end of the Prix Noailles.

"It's obviously a little disappointing but he was the only horse in the field that hadn't had a run and whether that played a part we will only discover in the future," said Pierre-Yves Bureau, racing manager to Akihiro's owner/breeders, Alain and Gerard Wertheimer.

"He accelerated well and we mustn't condemn him on the evidence of this. He and [the same owners'] Plumatic will certainly both have another run at the beginning of May and then we will see where they both go."

Fabre's wife Elisabeth bred the winner and it was on the trainer's advice that Godolphin bought him after his most recent success. 

"He is a nice horse to go to war with and has plenty of courage," said Godolphin's Lisa-Jane Graffard. "He is entered in the Grand Prix de Paris and Andre hopes he could be a mile and a half horse in time."

We will take our time to decide and it will be down to how the filly herself is, rather than the opposition
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