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Zoffany in Prat equation

Aidan O'Brien has declared Zoffany for the Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly on Sunday.

The three-year-old was last seen giving Frankel a fright when a fast-finishing runner-up in the St James's Palace Stakes.

David Simcock's Dream Ahead was fifth at Royal Ascot but will not be renewing rivalry in France, with Saturday week's July Cup his next destination.

Jennie Simcock, wife of the Newmarket handler, said: "There's not a lot of rain forecast so he won't be running. We would prefer him to drop back in trip, anyway, so there's nothing scientific behind the decision.

"Hopefully we'll get a continued spell of rain so he can run in the July Cup, which was always his preferred target. The long-term plan is still to run him in the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville in August."

British interest in the Prix Jean Prat has been spiked by the addition of the Richard Hannon-trained Strong Suit. Owner Julie Wood has stumped up the requisite supplementary fee after he returned to form in the Jersey Stakest.

William Haggas could run Fury, who was a late withdrawal from the Jersey, and the trainer told At The Races: "His foot got poisoned the day before the Jersey which meant he couldn't run.

"But he seems absolutely fine now and we've declared because we are thinking strongly about running him. He's not a very flash worker at home but he's in good shape now.

"In France when you declare you have the option to declare the following day and I haven't yet discussed it with Chris Richardson and the Thompsons of the (Cheveley Park) Stud whether we'll go to France but we're planning on it at the moment.

"When we see the declarations we'll decide."


From Belfast Telegraph