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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Sarafina camp plotting Arc ambush

Another tilt at the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe is the long-term objective for Sarafina following her impressive performance in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud on Sunday.

Sarafina has looked at least as good as ever this season, finishing second to Planteur in the Prix Ganay before winning her next two starts.

Georges Rimaud, racing manager to owner the Aga Khan, is hoping she can return to Paris later this year.

"The Arc is the objective again for her, but that is a while away yet," he said. "We now have to make decisions about the way to get there."

Jamie Osborne has ruled stable stalwart Geordieland out of Saturday's Coral Marathon at Sandown following a dirty scope. Osborne had hoped to see the grey return to competitive action this weekend but this latest setback means the Goodwood Cup in August is his likely next target.

Connections of Behkabad remain unsure when he will return to the track after the talented colt suffered a knee injury.

"How long he will be out for, it is difficult to say at the moment," said racing manager Rimaud.

"It is disappointing as he ran a good race at Chantilly on his comeback, but that is racing."

Clive Cox is confident there are more decent prizes to be won with Beacon Lodge following his creditable third in the Criterion Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.

The trainer admits an entry in the Sussex Stakes looks fanciful considering the likes of Frankel and Canford Cliffs are bound for the Goodwood Group One, but he hopes to find some suitable opportunities for his charge both in Britain and abroad.

"He's in the Sussex Stakes, although that looks ambitious unless the ground came up very soft. There are easier options for him here and we could take him to France as well."

David Barron is keen to let Saturday's runaway Windsor winner Sirvino turn out again for this weekend's valuable bet365 Old Newton Cup at Haydock.

"The intention is to run," said Barron. "It's a very nice prize and as long as I'm happy with him I think he'll take his chance. The only other worry would be the ground -- he wouldn't want it firm."

The Stewards' Cup at Glorious Goodwood could be next on the agenda for Waffle after his slightly below-par run in Saturday's Chipchase Stakes at Newcastle when he finished fifth.

"More than anything I think he just needs a big field," said Barron.

"I've given him an entry in the Stewards' Cup at Goodwood and I wouldn't be all that bothered if he went straight there."

Richard Hannon is looking forward to seeing Lilbourne Lad test his powers at the highest level in France following his win in Sunday's Railway Stakes at the Curragh. Hannon feels he deserves a crack at the Group One Prix Morny at Deauville in August.

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