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Guineas Countdown: Peslier booked for ride aboard Torgau; Bravery snaps up French ace as 26 fillies remain in the 1,000.

OLIVIER PESLIER'S riding plans for the two Newmarket Classics were finalised yesterday when he was snapped up by Giles Bravery to ride stable star Torgau in Sunday's Sagitta 1,000 Guineas.

Peslier, already booked for the Aidan O'Brien-trained Bernstein in the Sagitta 2,000 Guineas on Saturday, will be aboard Torgau-winner of last year's Group 2 Cherry Hinton Stakes-for the first time in Sunday's race.

Bravery said: "Torgau is grand-no problems. She has done very well over the winter and has put on a bit of weight.

"She took a long time to get rid of her winter coat, which is one of the reasons why we did not run her in a trial.

"The other reason is that she's no soft-ground horse and the way the weather has been, it would have been a pointless exercise running in a trial.

"But the sun is shining now and, with a bit of luck, we should be okay by Sunday."

Torgau ended last season by finishing second to Seazun in the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket, a run which Bravery believes gives his filly an outside chance.

Seazun was second to the 1,000 Guineas favourite Petrushka in the Nell Gwyn Stakes on her reappearance.

Bravery said: "I think Torgau is a 20-1 shot, but it was nice to see Seazun run such a good race and we are about the same as her."

A bumper total of 26 fillies were left in the 1,000 Guineas at yesterday's six-day declaration stage, including two, Alluring and Amethyst, trained by O'Brien.

But the Ballydoyle handler indicated that Amethyst, a full-sister to 1998 2,000 Guineas winner King Of Kings, would be his only runner.

Seazun's trainer Mick Channon has also left Areydha-a disappointing 10th to Misraah at Newmarket on her return-and Miletrian in the Classic.

He said: "I like Areydha, who has always worked very well at home. Miletrian probably needs a mile and a half, and could be our Oaks filly.

"You can't take anything away from Seazun. She's a good filly, a Group 1-winning filly, which Petrushka isn't at the moment.

"Whether she can beat Petrushka, I don't know. But I'm delighted with her-I'll let her do the talking."

Petrushka, a best-priced 6-4 favourite, was reported in top form.

Tim Jones, spokesman for owners Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, said: "She worked on Sunday and the work-watchers present reported that she went nicely-all is well."
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:Chapman, Matt
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:May 2, 2000
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