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Aga fields strong duo in Vermeille.

THE Aga Khan's strength in depth this season is highlighted by tomorrow's Prix Vermeille, in which he will be represented by high-class fillies Daryaba and Edabiya.

Daryaba runs for the first time since winning the Prix de Diane in June, while Edabiya, successful in last year's Moyglare Stud Stakes, has only her third start since then.

Daryaba missed the Group 3 Prix de la Nonette over 10 furlongs last month due to coughing, but trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre said yesterday: "She's in super condition, but I'm always cautious when a horse runs after an illness.

"I don't think the distance [a mile and a half] will be a problem for Daryaba, but I don't want the track too soft."

Edabiya, blinkered for the first time, was eighth behind Hula Angel in the Irish 1,000 Guineas on her only 1999 start.

John Oxx said: "She had a setback while being prepared for the Irish Guineas, when she hurt a knee. After the race, we decided to give her time to recover fully and to keep her for an autumn campaign."

Godolphin are double-handed, with Frankie Dettori on Etizaaz, leaving Kieren Fallon on Royal Ascot winner Fairy Queen. Etizaaz has won her only start this season, but has never gone beyond a mile. Trainer Saeed Bin Suroor said: "Etizaaz has done really well since her first race of the season at Sandown. It is a big step up for her in trip, but I think she can make it."

Fairy Queen has deliberately been given a break since Royal Ascot, and Bin Suroor reported her "fresh and well".

A third English-trained runner is Mother Of Pearl, whose trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam said: "She needs a bit of cut but deserves to have a go."

Criquette Head is represented by Juvenia, who has not won since last season's Group iMarcel Boussac.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:Griffiths, Richard
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Sep 11, 1999
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