Ribcester fancied to see off home challenge in Sunday's Prix du Moulin

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Ribchester – 11-10 with Betfair Sportsbook

This weekend sees some of the best Flat racing of the year in Britain and Ireland with Group 1 contests taking place at Haydock, Leopardstown and the Curragh. But there is also high-class action taking place on the other side of the channel at Chantilly in the shape of Sunday’s Prix du Moulin, one of the leading international races over a mile during the season.

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Sponsored by Qatar, the race won twelve months ago by the Andre Fabre-trained Vadamos, is usually run at Longchamp but with that course undergoing extensive redevelopment at the moment it is the home of the French Derby which plays host for a second time. Ten horses stood their ground at the latest forfeit stage headed by the Richard Fahey-trained Ribchester who will attempt to get back on the winning trail following a below-par effort ( probably due to the soft ground ) when runner-up behind Here Comes When in Goodwood’s Sussex Stakes.

Godolphin’s impressive Queen Anne Stakes winner could be joined by another horse owned by that powerful enterprise with Marois runner-up ( behind stablemate Al Wukair ) Inns Of Court who is available at a standout 9-2 with Skybet. That horse’s handler Andre Fabre also has the option of running Deauville Group 3 scorer Lady Frankel, in an effort to give her great sire a first Group 1 victory, unless Eminent manages to complete the feat first on Saturday evening in Leopardstown’s Champion Stakes.

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Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, like Godolphin, is likely to be strongly represented with recent Hungerford Stakes winner Massaat and the Jean-Claude Rouget-trained Taareef. The former is as short as 5-1 with bet365 but a 10-1 chance with Paddy Power and Betfair Sportsbook, the same price currently on offer with most bookmakers about the latter who was ill-suited to the pedestrian pace when disappointing in the Marois last month. Rouget could be double-handed courtesy of third favourite Zelzal, an 11-2 chance with Skybet.

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Harry Dunlop is expected to drop Robin Of Navan back in trip, saying: “ The plan is to run. We’re keen to try the mile.” Recent Haydock scorer Sea Of Grace is a possible for William Haggas while Deauville and Lancaster Bomber are still in the mix for the Ballydoyle stable of Aidan O’Brien.

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