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Sequence set for Grand Prix de Paris

Updated: Monday, 09 Jul 2012 16:37 | Comments

Andre Fabre has won a remarkable 11  editions of the Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp
Andre Fabre has won a remarkable 11 editions of the Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp

David Lanigan is looking forward to Main Sequence taking his chance in the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris after deciding to bypass Royal Ascot.

The Lambourn trainer stands by his decision to wait for the Group One at Longchamp on Saturday evening for his stable star.

Main Sequence covered himself in glory when snatching second place behind the brilliant Camelot in the Investec Derby, even though it meant he lost his unbeaten record.

The Niarchos family-owned colt sticks to the top grade and is set to meet Imperial Monarch, a stablemate of Camelot at Aidan O'Brien's.

"He worked on Saturday which was his last serious piece of work and I'll do an easy piece on Wednesday. He seems fine," Lanigan told At The Races.

"I know after Epsom that Royal Ascot was three weeks later, but some horses run a little bit flat at Ascot, so we decided early on to give that a miss and he'll travel to France on Friday.

"Imperial Monarch looked very unlucky in his last race in France (Prix du Jockey Club) with the traffic problems he had so I don't think we've seen the real Imperial Monarch yet.

"Touch wood we get there in one piece, everything goes well and we give it the best shot we can.

"I'd like good or better ground. I wouldn't want extremes and I think they are pretty hopeful we're going to have decent ground.

There are currently 14 possibles for the French summer, showpiece with four from Britain.

Main Sequence is joined by the John Gosden-trained Shantaram and Henry Cecil's duo of All That Rules and King Of Dudes.

O'Brien is responsible for the two Irish entries in Imperial Monarch and Daddy Long Legs, while master French trainer Andre Fabre has a party of four.

They are Prix du Jockey Club runner-up Saint Baudolino, Last Train, Masterstroke and Albion.

Kesampour, Daredevil, Hard Dream and Sir Jade make up the list.

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