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Tuesday 21 August 2018

matron a perfect MATCH for Tapestry

AIDAN O'BRIEN'S Tapestry, who lowered the colours of King George winner Taghrooda in the Yorkshire Oaks, is in line to drop back to a mile for Saturday's Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes at Leopardstown.

Coronation Stakes winner Rizeena is also one of 15 possibles for the Group One, which could feature Fiesolana, French challengers Thawaany and Kenhope and the progressive Balansiya.

Dermot Weld's exciting Free Eagle is still in the mix for the KPMG Enterprise Stakes earlier on the card. Favourite for this season's Epsom Derby after an impressive debut win last season, he was beaten by Australia on his next start and injury has kept him off the track until now.

Panama Hat and Brendan Brackan could take him on, while Aidan O'Brien has supplemented Hall Of Mirrors.

The John Deere Juvenile Turf Stakes, a race in which Australia beat Free Eagle 12 months ago, is likely to see the return to action of the O'Brien-trained John F Kennedy.

He could be taken on by Agnes Stewart, the unbeaten Bertie Le Belge and Parish Boy.

Gordon Lord Byron, Darwin, Top Notch Tonto and Mustajeeb have, along with Brendan Brackan, been left in the Group Two Clipper Boomerang Mile.

The team behind Sea The Moon expect to find out by next Tuesday if Christophe Soumillon will be available to ride the colt in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Markus Klug's German Derby winner lost his unbeaten record in the Grosser Preis von Baden on Sunday when beaten three lengths by Ivanhowe.

Soumillon rode Sea The Moon in the Derby but was required to stay in France on Sunday due to his retainer with the Aga Khan.

With the Arc trials taking place at Longchamp this weekend, Soumillon will soon have a better idea about whether he can be considered for the ride, according to Niko Lafrentz, whose family are responsible for Gestut Gorlsdorf, the colt's owners and breeders.

He tsaid: "We have a clear understanding with Christophe and the Aga Khan that a decision will be made next Tuesday after they have seen the Prix Vermeille.

"I am sure that if we needed to advertise for a jockey my phone would not stop ringing, we will be looking for an international one."

While Sea The Moon was a beaten odds-on favourite at the weekend, connections were not too downhearted, with Lafrentz insisting there will be much more to come in the Arc on October 5.

"We now have three and a half weeks to get him ready for the Arc and we hope it will be a little calmer than before Baden-Baden," he said.

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