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Westerner on course for Saint-Cloud test.

Byline: Desmond Stoneham

Westerner, runner-up to Papineau in the Ascot Gold Cup on his most recent outing, is one of three horses trained by Elie Lellouche set to run in Sunday's Grand Prix de

Saint-Cloud, writes Desmond Stoneham.

The Gold Cup second, the mount of Olivier Peslier, will be joined in the Group 1 event by

stablemates Policy Maker and Poussin.

Phoenix Reach, third in last season's St Leger, heads a

potentially strong British raiding team. Martin Dwyer, who returned from an injury layoff yesterday, is set to ride the

Andrew Balding-trained colt.

Sir Michael Stoute has

declared Gamut for the mile-and-a-half race, and Kieren Fallon will be on board providing the five-year-old's

trainer is happy about the ground.

If Fallon is not needed for Gamut, he will be put up by Lellouche on Policy Maker, owned, like Lellouche's other two contenders, by Alec Wildenstein. Fallon rode Policy Maker to victory in the Group 2 Grand Prix de Chantilly last month.

John Dunlop is having a look at the Grand Prix for Chancellor, but if the weather forecast is accurate he may forego the trip as the going could be too fast.

However, the one they all have to beat is Polish Summer, runner-up in this Group 1 for the last two years behind Ange Gabriel.

Andr Fabre's charge won the Sheema Classic at Nad Al Sheba in March, but the

seven-year-old could finish only fifth behind Execute in the furlong-shorter Prix Ganay in May.

The ground at Saint-Cloud yesterday was 3.3, or good, and clerk of the course Christian

Leger was watering the track. The forecast predicts little rain before Sunday.
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Date:Jul 2, 2004
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