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Aidan O'Brien has strong hand in Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp

Updated: Monday, 08 Jul 2013 16:58 | Comments

Battle Of Marengo (left) finished second to Hillstar at Royal Ascot on his most recent start
Battle Of Marengo (left) finished second to Hillstar at Royal Ascot on his most recent start

Battle Of Marengo, Mars, Festive Cheer and Flying The Flag are Aidan O'Brien’s four remaining representatives in Saturday evening's Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp.

O'Brien said last week that Derby fourth Battle Of Marengo, who finished runner-up in Royal Ascot's King Edward VII Stakes, was being aimed at the three-year-old Group One over a mile and half.

Mars, who was fourth in last weekend's Coral-Eclipse, Irish Derby third Festive Cheer and possible pacemaker Flying The Flag are also among the 18 left in at Monday's latest forfeit stage.

Andre Fabre is seeking his 12th victory and he has three possible runners at the moment.

They are the sponsors' unexposed Flintshire, OTI Racing's recent Listed winner Au Revoir and his Epsom hope Ocovango.

Ocovango lost his unbeaten record when fifth to Ruler Of The World in the Derby and Ted Voute, racing manager for owner Prince Faisal, said: "Andre's very happy with the horse. I saw him at Saint-Cloud recently.

"Andre is a man of few words and he just said that the horse would be going for the Grand Prix de Paris, just as he said a few weeks earlier that he would be going for the Derby."

Juddmonte also have the John Gosden-trained Excess Knowledge, a close third to Mandour on his reappearance at Sandown last week, while Ann Duffield still has stable star Willie The Whipper engaged.

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