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Haydock bid for French raiders; CLAYEUX TO SEND DUO FOR BETFAIR CHASE WEEKEND ON MERSEYSIDE.

Byline: CHRIS WRIGHT Racing reporter chris.wright@liverpool.com @LIVECHOSPORT

FRENCH trainer Emmanuel Clayeux is looking forward to his first runners at Haydock Park this Saturday and is set to be represented by two of his stable stars.

Clayeux is yet to win a race in Britain, but his two-pronged assault on Merseyside this weekend will be headed by Vezelay - who will take on 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Coneygree and Colin Tizzard's multiple Grade One hero and two-time Haydock hero Cue Card in the PS209,000 Betfair Chase.

He is set to be joined at Haydock by stable-mate Fyrmyin, who will run in either the PS100,000 Grade Three Betfair Exchange "Fixed Brush" Handicap Hurdle or the PS35,000 Better Odds With Betfair Exchange Handicap Hurdle.

Vezelay landed his biggest career victory in a Grade Two chase over 2m6f at Auteuil in November 2014 and was a close third in the Grade One Prix La Haye Jousselin over an extended 3m3f at the same venue last November.

On his most recent start he was runner-up in a Listed hurdle at Auteuil last month - and although he is 66-1 with the sponsors, Ladbrokes and Betfred, connections are hopeful ahead of his British debut.

Stable-mate Fyrmyin has won on his last three starts at Vichy and Lyon Parilly (twice) and Clayeux said: "The plan is to run both Vezelay and Fyrmyin on Saturday.

"Vezelay has run some races and is in good form. I think he doesn't really like the very, very soft ground that you often get at Auteuil.

"That is why we are taking him to England - even if the ground is soft in England, it is nothing like the soft ground we get in France. This will be his first run in Britain and the race will show us how he gets on against the best British-trained horses. If he runs well, we could look at taking him to Kempton.

"Fyrmyin has won his last three starts so he is a nice horse. We are travelling him over as Vezelay is running and it looks like it could be a good opportunity for him.

"I am still looking at both races and haven't yet come to a decision as to which one he will run in."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
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Date:Nov 16, 2016
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