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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Kissed the one to be embraced

Aidan O'Brien heads to France again on Sunday looking for more Classic glory as he is set to saddle Kissed in the Prix De Diane.

After failing to crack the Prix du Jockey Club he is also yet to claim the Prix De Diane, but he will bid to break that duck with Kissed this Sunday.

Kissed was a late absentee from the Epsom Oaks and is thus far unbeaten from two starts and around about 4/1 to make that three from three.

Kissed will face a tough challenge though if she is to claim the French showpiece this weekend, as the race also features a likely odds-on favourite in Beauty Parlour.

Beauty Parlour is unbeaten in four starts, which includes an impressive win at Group One level last month.

Kissed is very highly thought of, however, and she is by the right sire to handle the conditions in France, so take a chance on her that the O'Brien family continue their incredible run this season.

Cork stage the Group Three Noblesse Stakes on Sunday, a race won last year by the then ever-improving Banimpire.

This year's renewal may take a similar path if Paul Deegan's Midnight Soprano can continue her amazing sequence.

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