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Friday 19 April 2019

O'Brien sends Bewitched to cast Foret spell

The Charles O'Brien-trained Bewitched will line up in Sunday's Prix de la Foret at Longchamp.

The filly bounced back from a no-show in the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock with victory in a Curragh Group Three earlier this month.

O'Brien said: "We've discussed it with the owners and we've decided to let her run.

"She goes on any ground and we'll see how she gets on in what is going to be a very good race with Goldikova and Dream Ahead in there."

Freddie Head has decided Goldikova will not be joined by her stable companion Moonlight Cloud in the Foret.

Incredible 14-time Group One-winning mare Goldikova will be bidding for back-to-back victories in the seven-furlong prize before heading back to America, where she will go for a fourth victory in the Breeders' Cup Mile.

Three-year-old Moonlight Cloud showed her class with a scintillating performance in the Prix Maurice de Gheest on her latest appearance but while the Foret was mentioned as a target, she will instead head to Ascot on October 15 to contest the Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes.

lRoger Charlton has revealed leading ante-post fancy Keys is not a certain runner in the Betfred Cesarewitch at Newmarket on Saturday week following a dirty scope.

The four-year-old struck gold in a couple of decent handicaps in the middle of July and has been kept for this valuable prize since.

While Charlton is still hopeful his charge will make the race, he has moved to warn ante-post punters about the setback.

The trainer said: "Keys was found to have a few streaks of mucus in his lungs.

"There is a reasonable chance that he will be able to run in the Cesarewitch, but I suggest that anybody thinking of backing him should wait until nearer the time."

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