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Tom Hogan considers York raid with Gordon Lord Byron

Gordon Lord Byron could make a swift return to action at York next week after having avoided serious injury in the Phoenix Sprint Stakes at the Curragh.

The multiple Group One winner has been running consistently well this season, bagging a Group Two success along the way in the Greenlands Stakes in May.

The penalty the nine-year-old incurred for that victory meant he had to concede weight all round in his latest Group Three assignment on Sunday, but he went down fighting once more, finishing a close third despite suffering superficial injuries.

Trainer Tom Hogan said: " He got struck into twice and ripped skin off both sides of his leg, but other than that he's fine.

"It's a miracle he got hit twice and didn't do any more damage.

"He ran another good race. It's tough giving weight away to Group horses, so we might try and give weight away to handicappers in the Ayr Gold Cup. That's on September 23 and I've give him an entry.

"He could go to York on August 25 for the City of York Stakes, which he won five years ago. Then there's the Boomerang Stakes in Leopardstown (September 9).

"It's possible he could do all three."

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British raiders shine as Almanzor and Brametot disappoint at Deauville

French stars Brametot and Almanzor were completely upstaged by British challengers Eminent and First Sitting in the two feature events at Deauville.

Jean-Claude Rouget's pair of aces were looking to seal their places in some of the autumn's biggest races on a blockbuster of a card for a Tuesday, but instead their performances provided more questions than answers.

Brametot, winner of both the French 2000 Guineas and the French Derby, was considered one of the home team's biggest hopes for this year's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe prior to his appearance in the Group Two Prix Guillaume d'Ornano.

But after being settled at the rear of the field, he was unable to pick up in the straight and Martyn Meade's stable star Eminent was away and gone after being given an excellent front-running ride from Ryan Moore.

Having finished sixth in the 2000 Guineas, fourth in the Epsom Derby and fifth in the Coral-Eclipse, Meade was ecstatic to see his pride and joy enjoy his day in the sun.

" He had a clear run and showed how good he is. I'm absolutely thrilled," said the Newmarket handler.

"I'm so thrilled for the horse. He's come through some difficult times and been thrown in the deep end, by me I have to say.

"He's sort of struggled a little bit and never had the full running, whereas today he could bowl along and say 'this is me, this is what I want to do'. He did it in great style.

"Beating a dual Classic winner in France is quite exciting stuff."

Asked whether Eminent could come under consideration for the Arc, Meade added: "He could do. We can all dream, can't we? I do think he'd like that distance (mile and a half).

"I know him so well now, so it just depends how he is at home. If it's a possibility then I'd love to bring him back."

Salouen, trained by Sylvester Kirk, filled the runner-up spot.

Connections of Brametot will let the dust settle before committing to future targets.

Sylvain Vidal, racing manager to part owner Gerard Augustin-Normand, said: "We will discuss it with Jean-Claude in the next couple of days or next week.

"We are very disappointed, of course. That's life.

"I think there is maybe something wrong with Brametot. Today he was not the same horse we know."

Almanzor won the French Derby, the Irish Champion Stakes and the Champion Stakes during a brilliant 2016 campaign and although he had been out of action for over 300 days, he was unsurprisingly a warm order to make a winning return in the Group Three Prix Gontaut-Biron.

However, after travelling well enough into the home straight, the response was minimal when Christophe Soumillon asked for maximum effort and he was ultimately well beaten.

Almanzor is also part-owned by Augustin-Normand and Vidal added: "It is the same thing as with Brametot. We need to talk with Jean-Claude in the next few days.

"Today he had no acceleration."

First Sitting, a Listed winner for trainer Chris Wall at Goodwood back in May and most recently third in a Group Three at Chantilly, tracked Almanzor's pacemaker Zafiro before committing for home soon after the turn.

Garlingari finished strongly, but First Sitting held him at bay in the hands of Gerald Mosse.

Wall told At The Races: " The race went well. Gerald got him in a good position, we wanted to be handy. He quickened up well in the straight and put a bit of distance between himself and the others, a bit like he did at Goodwood.

"He's a very willing horse who runs to the line and the others weren't able to catch him, so that's excellent.

"He trained really well for this race. I said to everyone who cared to listen that it's the best we've ever had him and he proved that today and ran out a good winner.

"We'll put him in the Prix Dollar on Arc weekend at Chantilly, that's a Group Two.

"In the meantime he's also engaged in a race in Istanbul, but I'll see whether the owner still wants to do that. Having won this, that might not be as high on the agenda, but we'll see."

David Elsworth's Tisbutadream very nearly completed a big-race treble for the raiding party in the Group Three Prix de Lieurey, but was caught close home by Andre Fabre's Lady Frankel.

Earlier in the day, Jamie Osborne and Dougie Costello combined to land the Listed Prix de la Vallee d'Auge with Pursuing The Dream.

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Robert Havlin remains suspended as BHA upholds French ban

Robert Havlin has failed to persuade the disciplinary panel of the British Horseracing Authority not to reciprocate the six-month ban given to him by France Galop for failing a drugs test.

In February, the French authority said the Newmarket-based jockey had returned a positive sample when riding at Saint-Cloud last October and that it would ''request the reciprocation'' of the imposed sanction by its counterpart in Britain.

It is a major blow to Havlin, who strenuously refuted the findings and twice appealed in vain to the French authorities. He said at the time he was "deeply upset and shocked'' by the suspension and that he fully expected to clear his name following what he described as an ''outrageous miscarriage of justice and defamation of my character".

In a statement, the British Horseracing Authority said: "The decision to reject the application for non-reciprocation by Rab Havlin was made by the disciplinary panel, acting independently of the BHA.

"The BHA did not offer a position regarding the application. The BHA's role in the hearing was to facilitate the application and to lay out to the panel the relevant Rules and the facts of the matter as we understand them.

"T he application itself was submitted and presented by Rab Havlin and his representatives.

"We cannot comment on the finding itself until we are in receipt of full written reasons."

Havlin's ban runs up to October 4, but he has not actually ridden in well over six months.

The rider tweeted: "Didn't get the result we had hoped for today, another six weeks to go, thanks for all the support, #8months11days."

Paul Struthers, chief executive of the Professional Jockeys Association, expressed his disappointment at the verdict.

He said: "It is bitterly disappointing that Rab's application has been unsuccessful and his nightmare must continue for almost two more months, the result being that he has effectively been suspended for over eight months for an offence he was given six months for and did not commit in any event.

"Rab voluntarily stood himself down in Britain whilst he attempted to clear his name in France and is now paying the price for that in circumstances where it was highly likely, if not certain, that the BHA would have acted to stand him down had he not volunteered to do so.

"No other rider in future will volunteer to stand himself down in similar circumstances.

"The PJA completely supports robust testing for riders to the point that it is entirely behind and working constructively with the BHA to enhance testing for riders in Britain.

"However, Rab's case highlights serious concerns for all other riders heading to France. France Galop does not operate testing thresholds designed to safeguard from false positives and therefore the risk of false positives is ever present.

"This situation was exacerbated by the fact that France Galop refused to disclose the levels present in Rab's sample and ignored the clear medical evidence from independent hair follicle sampling that he could not have taken cocaine.

"Their testing procedures on track also leave much to be desired and the PJA will be urging the IFHA (International Federation of Horseracing Authorities) to consider these issues as part of their ongoing international harmonisation project to ensure other riders do not have to go through this ordeal."

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Order Of St George in the frame for Irish St Leger Trial hat-trick bid

Order Of St George could bid to win the Comer Group Irish St Leger Trial for the third year running at the Curragh on Saturday.

Aidan O'Brien's star stayer has won the mile-and-three-quarter Group Three for the last two seasons and bids for the hat-trick after going down by just a short head to Big Orange in his defence of his Gold Cup crown at Royal Ascot.

"The Irish St Leger Trial on Saturday is the race we are looking at for Order Of St George at the moment," said O'Brien.

"He's back after a break and he wouldn't mind it too much if the ground even got a bit on on the slow side."

O'Brien also has Air Supremacy, Finn McCool, Galilean, The Anvil and Key To My Heart in a 22-strong entry.

Wicklow Brave, who beat Order Of St George in the Irish St Leger last year, is among eight possibles from the Willie Mullins stable along with Aussie Reigns, Clondaw Warrior, Ivan Grozny, Laws Of Spin, Max Dynamite, Renneti and Thomas Hobson.

The four UK entries are Mick Channon's Elidor, the Iain Jardine-trained Nakeeta, Hughie Morrison's Nearly Caught and St Michel from Sir Mark Prescott's yard.

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Fleet Review tops eight Futurity contenders for Aidan O'Brien

Aidan O'Brien is responsible for eight of the 13 horses to stand their ground at the confirmation stage for Sunday's Galileo Irish EBF Futurity Stakes at the Curragh.

The Ballydoyle handler has saddled 10 previous winners of the seven-furlong Group Two, with Giant's Causeway (1999), Hawk Wing (2001), Gleneagles (2014) and this year's dual 2000 Guineas hero Churchill (2016) among those on the roll of honour.

This year's squad includes dual course winner Fleet Review and Mendelssohn, who impressed on his second start at the track just a week ago.

O'Brien said: " All the horses we left in the Futurity Stakes are possibles at this stage and we'll have a look at it later in the week."

The O'Brien octet is completed by Berkeley Square, Bond Street, Coat Of Arms, Nelson, Rostropovich and Seahenge.

Camelback has won two of his three starts for Ger Lyons, while the Michael O'Callaghan-trained I Am Power could renew rivalries with Fleet Review, having finished just a length behind him here a fortnight ago.

Ken Condon's Romanised, who was a little disappointing in last week's Phoenix Stakes, dual Group Three runner-up Theobald, trained by Jim Bolger, and Swiss Cottage from Joe Murphy's yard are the other contenders.

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Different League expected to rise to Morny challenge for Palussiere

Trainer Matthieu Palussiere expects his Royal Ascot heroine Different League to raise her game when she puts her unbeaten record on the line in the Prix Morny at Deauville on Sunday.

After winning her first two starts in the French provinces, the daughter of Dabirsim was a 20-1 shot for the Albany Stakes in June and kept her unbeaten record intact with a narrow victory.

The form is solid, with the Aidan O'Brien-trained pair of Actress and Clemmie, who finished sixth and seventh respectively, both striking at Pattern level since.

Different League takes on colts at Group One level this weekend, but Palussiere is excited by the challenge.

He said: "We are all set, the filly is very well and it's exciting. We have our fingers crossed for Sunday.

"Her preparation has been perfect. She has to take on colts, but really there are not many other options.

"You would think she should improve from Ascot and she's playing at home this time.

"Looking at the forecast the ground should be good or good to soft and that wouldn't worry us."

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September still in the mix for Debutante date at the Curragh

September remains on course to put her unbeaten record and huge reputation on the line in the National Breast Cancer Research Debutante Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.

After making a big impression on her racecourse debut at Leopardstown in June, the daughter of Deep Impact lined up in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot and ran out an authoritative winner over subsequent Group Three scorer Nyaleti.

September is a best priced 11-2 favourite for next year's 1000 Guineas and looks set to step up to Group Two level this weekend.

Trainer Aidan O'Brien is responsible for six of the 11 entries, and said: " It is a big weekend at the Curragh and we are looking forward to it.

"There's nothing written in stone just yet and we'll have a look at things like the ground and how the horses work later in the week, but September and Happily would definitely be possible runners in the Debutante Stakes."

Alongside September and Happily, the Ballydoyle handler has left in Actress, Ballet Shoes, Clemmie and Magical.

The Ger Lyons-trained Black Sails could bid to bounce back from a disappointing run in the Albany Stakes at the Royal meeting.

Jim Bolger's Dawn Delivers, Brendan Duke's Feisty Katerina, the Willie McCreery-trained Mary Tudor and Shekiba from Joe Murphy's yard complete the acceptors.

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Arlington ace Fanciful Angel under consideration for US sale

Fanciful Angel remains in the United States while his owners consider selling him following his fine effort in the Arlington Million.

The five-year-old gelding belied his odds of 73-1 when staging a career-best performance to finish in second place, just half a length behind the winner Beach Patrol.

In doing so, Fanciful Angel was a neck in front of Group One winner Deauville in third spot.

Fanciful Angel's display has resulted in owners Touch Gold Racing receiving several offers.

While trainer Marco Botti was delighted with Fanciful Angel's run, he will be sad to lose the horse if a sale goes through.

"That was a fantastic result. Before the race we were an outsider and he ran the best performance of his career," said the Newmarket-based handler.

"We didn't expect to finish that close in the Arlington Million, so I was delighted for everybody - the owners, their racing manager and the jockey, Danny Muscutt.

"He's come out of the race well. Unfortunately for me, the horse has stayed there because the owners have had offers for him.

"That always happens when a horse runs so well. I'm not quite sure what the future is going to be, whether he will be sold.

"We are waiting for a final decision. It's up to the owners and they have had a few offers.

"It might be one of those things where he runs so well and then we might lose the horse and he might continue his career in America, but nothing has been confirmed.

"I know they've had offers which they are considering and that is why the horse did not fly straight back."

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Ed Walker sweet on Indian Blessing in Salisbury Listed heat

Ed Walker is expecting a bold show from Indian Blessing in her quest for Listed honours in the British Stallion Studs EBF Upavon Fillies' Stakes at Salisbury on Wednesday.

The Upper Lambourn handler believes the three-year-old filly has plenty going for her as she takes on older members of her sex in the 10-furlong feature.

Indian Blessing's last three runs have been at this level, with one third and two fourth places to her name, and Walker felt the race was not run to suit at Vichy last time.

He said: "She's a smart filly with good form.

"She was unlucky in a messy race in France last time and we're very much hoping she can get her head in front in a stakes race.

"She is certainly good enough and the stiff 10 furlongs will suit her.

"She has proved herself pretty versatile as regards the ground last time. It was quite soft in France. We always felt she was a top-of-the-ground filly and she does like that ground.

"She has a good draw (four) and we're very hopeful. It looks a good spot.

"Playful Sound is probably a worthy favourite, but I wouldn't be surprised if our filly was bang there at the end."

Roger Varian has high expectations for Serenada, who has form as good as anything in this contest.

"Serenada was Group Three placed over this trip in the Musidora Stakes so we wanted to run her again over 10 furlongs.," the Newmarket trainer told www.varianstable.com.

"That piece of form is right up there with the best on offer in this race on official ratings and I am looking forward to running her here.

"She is in good form."

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Ulysses and Barney Roy on York collision course in Juddmonte International

Coral-Eclipse principals Ulysses and Barney Roy are on course to clash again in what is shaping up to be a fantastic renewal of the Juddmonte International at York on Wednesday week.

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Ulysses edged out Richard Hannon's three-year-old colt by a nose in Sandown's 10-furlong showpiece and connections have confirmed both horses will head to the Knavesmire, where the opposition could include dual Guineas winner Churchill.

Ulysses will be dropping back in trip after finishing second to Enable in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on his latest start.

Alan Cooper, racing manager for owners the Niarchos family, said: "Michael said on Monday he worked very nicely in the morning and the plan, all being well, is to go for the Juddmonte on Wednesday week.

"The long-term objective this year is the Breeders' Cup Turf again."

Barney Roy is reported in top shape ahead of a rematch with his Sandown conqueror.

"I'm very happy with him and we're all set for York," Hannon told At The Races.

"It was a fantastic run in the Eclipse. It proved that he gets the trip and that he's tough.

"Hopefully he can go to York and make amends."