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Beckett raider Regardez attempts to go one better; REST OF SAINT-CLOUD.

BRITISH interest does not stop at the day's feature, with Ralph Beckett and William Haggas represented in the pair of supporting Group 3s.

In the 1m21/2f Prix de Flore, Beckett saddles Regardez, who found only Brooch too good at Gowran Park last month. Before that, the three-year-old daughter of Champs Elysees had gone down by a neck and a head in a York Listed race won by Tasaday.

Beckett said: "She's been tough in defeat the last two times and we ran into a good filly in Ireland last time. Hopefully there's nothing of that calibre in the field, and the ground won't be an issue. She's had a long year but she's travelled over well."

In an open-looking race, contemporaries All At Sea and Bocaiuva pose a threat, while Sparkling Beam looked back to form when winning here three weeks ago.

Haggas sends Graphic back to France for the Prix Perth, having landed the Group 3 Prix Messidor over the straight mile at Maisons-Laffitte in July.

The five-year-old failed to make an impact behind Charm Spirit on Champions Day, but his trainer believes he remains in good heart.

"He ran better than his finishing position suggests at Ascot and he's fine," said Haggas. "It's a bigger field than when he won the Group 3 at Maisons-Laffitte earlier this year and he has a wide draw, but I think he enjoys running around a bend and I hope he'll go well."

Kenhope has run well in better company than on his last two outings but is drawn poorly, while Dalayna is dropped in trip having chased home Sparkling Beam at the start of the month.

Scott Burton

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Oct 30, 2014
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