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Royal Ascot a possibility for O'Neill as Ardenode remains unbeaten

Eoghan O'Neill: trains Ardenode
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The Prix la Fleche can often throw up a decent juvenile and the 2017 edition at Maisons-Laffitte on Saturday might just have unearthed two, after Ardenode and the Karl Burke-trained Unfortunately pulled well clear of their rivals. 

Ardenode made virtually all and will be aimed higher by Normandy-based trainer Eoghan O'Neill. 

"He's tough because he was on his own a long time, and when the runner-up came at him he's been pushed out only hands and heels," said O'Neill.

"We'll look at the Prix du Bois or Norfolk."

Unfortunately got shuffled back soon after the start and made up eye-catching ground down the middle of the track.

Co-owner Jeff Laughton put forward the Windsor Castle or Prix Robert Papin back here as potential targets. 

Thais could finish only tenth in the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches but got her season back on track when holding off Ambivalence to land the Prix des Lilas. 

Her sire, Rio De La Plata, clocked up a Listed race double half an hour later when Godolphin's Aiming For Rio won the 6½f Prix Marchand d'Or. 

"She's very fast and I don't think there would be any problem dropping back in trip in future," said Godolphin's Lisa-Jane Graffard. 


He is tough because he was on his own a long time and, when the runner-up came at him, he's only been pushed out hands and heels
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