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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Irish look in tune for Opera

Potential raiders from Ireland, along with the UK, dominate the entries for the Prix de l'Opera at Longchamp on Sunday.

Half of the 18 fillies confirmed for the mile-and-a-quarter Group One hail from Ireland and Britain, with Aidan O'Brien's Chicquita, who remains a possible runner in the Arc on the same card, joined by Yorkshire Oaks-winning stablemate Tapestry. Joe Murphy's stable star Euphrasia and the Dermot Weld-trained Blandford Stakes heroine Tarfasha are also in the mix for Ireland.

There is a similarly strong raiding party among 19 confirmed for the Prix de la Foret.

Tom Hogan's pride and joy Gordon Lord Byron clinched the seven-furlong Group One in 2012 and will bid to regain his crown, while O'Brien's sole remaining contender is Darwin.

Weld's Pale Mimosa is among 10 stayers confirmed for the gruelling Prix du Cadran, with Andrew Balding's Whiplash Willie, David Lanigan's Biographer and Fanshawe's High Jinx other possible runners.

The two Group One prizes on offer for juveniles are the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere and the Prix Marcel Boussac.

The Lagardere appears a particularly enthralling contest, with O'Brien's pair Gleneagles and War Envoy entered.

Jessica Harrington's Jack Naylor has won her last three starts and is set to test the water at the highest level in the Boussac. O'Brien (pictured) has Found and Together Forever down to run, while Eddie Lynam's Agnes Stewart is another major hope for the Irish.

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