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Lemaire is fine after injury scare
30 Sep 2014 12:12
Christophe Lemaire suffered an injury scare at Maisons-Laffitte on Monday but is not concerned about his fitness ahead of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
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The French jockey sustained a slight leg injury in a fall at the Paris track but is not in action again until Friday and is looking forward to the big weekend meeting at Longchamp on Saturday and Sunday.
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"I'm fine. I'm just sore in the leg but it's not a problem," he said.
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"I have three days off without riding so I will be back on Friday."
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Lemaire's book of rides includes Avenir Certain in the Arc itself. He picked up the mount on the dual French Classic winner after her regular pilot Gregory Benoist rejected her in favour of Ectot, who staked his claim with victory in the Prix Niel over the course and distance earlier this month.
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Lemaire has yet to win France's biggest race and is hoping he can finally put that record straight.
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"I have finished second once in 2006 (on Pride) and this is the race every jockey wants to win. This is the biggest in our country and one of the biggest races in the world," he said.
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"I would like to win it, of course, and this is definitely one of my best chances.
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"The forecast is good, no rain. I think we will have the perfect ground for everybody and to give all the horses every chance to put up a good performance."
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