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Bewitched to take on Goldi

Connections of the Charles O'Brien-trained Bewitched have given her the go-ahead to tackle Goldikova in the Prix de la Foret at Longchamp on Sunday.

The filly bounced back from a no-show in the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock with victory in a Curragh Group Three earlier this month.

"We've discussed it with the owners and we've decided to let her run. She never got a run at Haydock, but we were delighted with her last time," said the trainer.

"She goes on any ground, so that isn't a concern, and we'll see how she gets on in what is going to be a very good race with Goldikova and Dream Ahead in there."

Freddie Head has decided Goldikova will not be joined by her stable companion Moonlight Cloud in Sunday's contest.

Incredible 14-time Group One-winning mare Goldikova will be bidding for back-to-back victories in the seven-furlong prize before heading back to America, where she will go for a fourth victory in the Breeders' Cup Mile.

The three-year-old Moonlight Cloud showed her class with a scintillating performance in the Prix Maurice de Gheest on her latest appearance but while the Foret was mentioned as a possible target, she will instead head to Ascot on October 15 to contest the Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes.

"Goldikova is very well and the plan is still for her to run in the Foret on Sunday," said Head.

"I am very happy with her at the moment and the ground looks like it will be on the fast side of good, which will suit her.

"We've decided Moonlight Cloud will not be going and she will instead wait to Ascot and run in the sprint."


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