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Racing: COMEBACK TRAIL; O'Brien satisfied with High Chaparral's work.


HIGH Chaparral, winner of both the Epsom and Irish Derbys and the Breeders Cup Turf last season, had a "light workout" after racing at the Curragh yesterday.

The piece of action was described as "nothing of any significance" by trainer Aidan O'Brien.

High Chaparral and the unraced Excalibur worked over a mile, to the satisfaction of Michael Kinane and O'Brien who hopes to run the former in three to four weeks as a stepping-stone to bigger things.

O'Brien's colt sustained a shoulder muscle injury this spring and has not raced since winning the Breeders Cup Turf at Arlington last October.

O'Brien expressed himself satisfied, and said: "It was only a light canter and nothing of any significance.

"The idea was to get him away, and hopefully we can now aim him at a little prep race next month.

"It will be six to eight weeks before he would run in any major race anywhere."

Meanwhile, Deauville was not a happy hunting ground for the two British runners yesterday, with Rotheram finishing last of three in the Prix Berteux and Eventuail taking sixth in the Prix Messidor.

The Group Three Prix Berteux, over one mile seven furlongs, was won by Risk Seeker, who beat Clear Thinking by two lengths.

Olivier Peslier came in 15 lengths further back on Paul Cole's Rotheram.

Peslier then teamed up with William Haggas' Eventuail in the one-mile Prix Messidor, and although in with a shout with a furlong to go, the pair finished about two lengths adrift of Special Kaldoun, who just got the better of his scrap with Tashkandi.

Breeders' Cup Mile hero Domedriver, having his first run since trailing in behind Hawk Wing in the Lockinge Stakes, was motoring at the end but crossed the line in fourth.

Yawmi made it two wins from two starts in the Listed Manchester Evening News July Trophy Stakes at Haydock Park yesterday and trainer Barry Hills is planning another step up in class.


BACK IN ACTION: Derby hero High Chaparral
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 14, 2003
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