x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Saint Baudolino remains in frame for Grand Prix de Paris run

The Andre Fabre-trained Godolphin mount is one of only seven remaining for Saturday's race at Longchamp after the latest forfeit stage.

Saint Baudolino's trainer Andre Fabre
Saint Baudolino's trainer Andre Fabre

Godolphin's Saint Baudolino is one of only seven remaining in the Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp on Saturday night after the latest forfeit stage.

David Lanigan's Investec Derby runner-up Main Sequence, who has had this race as his target since Epsom, is among them. Aidan O'Brien's sole representative is Imperial Monarch, who endured a troubled passage in the Prix du Jockey-Club when last seen. He was a late withdrawal from the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh.

Trained by Andre Fabre for Godolphin, Saint Baudolino was a narrow second in the Jockey Club but he will not be joined in the race by stablemate Masterstoke who will not compete in the mile-and-a-half contest. Last Train, Hard Dream, Sir Jade and Albion complete the septet.

On the same card, Fame And Glory and Brown Panther, owned by the footballer Michael Owen, have been taken out of the Prix Maurice de Nieuil.

Meanwhile, Godolphin's Coral-Eclipse runner-up, Farhh, is one of four entries from the Dubai-based operation in the Group 2 Celebration Mile at Goodwood on August 25.

John Gosden believes Fabre's Golden Lilac will be near-enough unbeatable for his runners in Friday's Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket.

Gosden is committing Elusive Kate and Windsor Forest Stakes winner Joviality for the Group One heat, while another Royal Ascot star, Fallen For You, looks less likely to take part due to ground conditions.

However, the trainer is expecting Golden Lilac to prove a huge obstacle.

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