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Cloud and Restiadargent on course for Prix Maurice de Gheest

Updated: Tuesday, 24 Jul 2012 16:02

Trainer Freddie Head saddled Moonlight Cloud to take last season's Group One Prix Maurice de Gheest
Trainer Freddie Head saddled Moonlight Cloud to take last season's Group One Prix Maurice de Gheest

Freddie Head believes he made the right decision not to let his star sprinter Moonlight Cloud line up in the July Cup at Newmarket earlier this month.

After getting within a head of Australian superstar Black Caviar in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, the four-year-old would have been considered a major contender for the Group One prize had she made the trip to Newmarket.

However, Moonlight Cloud will instead defend her crown in Deauville's Prix Maurice de Gheest on 5 August and Head feels it was the right choice after seeing the July Cup run in heavy ground.

He said: "She's very well and I was happy she didn't run in the July Cup, as the ground at Newmarket looked very soft.

"I am happy with her and she is on course for Deauville."

Restiadargent could renew rivalry with Moonlight Cloud at Deauville.

Alex Pantall's filly ran a fantastic race at Royal Ascot, far outrunning her starting price of 40-1 by finishing a close third.

Restiadargent's effort deserves extra credit given she is still only a three-year-old.

Pantall feels his charge will be an even more potent force next season.

He said: "She has been fine since Ascot and we are looking forward to her next race at Deauville, the Maurice de Gheest.

"She is making nice progress. She is only a three-year-old and, next year, hopefully she will be a top-class sprinter.

"I have not thought beyond the Maurice de Gheest.

"That will be her next race and we will make more plans afterwards."

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