Angel eyeing Group Three prize at Maisons-Laffitte

Dascombe runner part of a strong British challenge.

  • Monday 28 October
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Ayr Gold Cup winner Angel Alexander will bid to book his ticket to Dubai by making a successful debut in Pattern company in the Prix de Seine-et-Oise at Maisons-Laffitte on Tuesday.

The Tom Dascombe-trained three-year-old, who is seeking a fifth win of the campaign, is one of four British runners set to contest the six-furlong Group Three prize.

After finishing third on his penultimate start, the gelded son of Dark Angel took his form to new heights when giving the Manor House Stables handler his first victory in the prestigious heritage handicap last time out.

Dascombe said: “We wanted to run in a handicap at York a couple of weeks ago, but we got balloted out of that. We had this in mind as a back up, so we are going to give it a go and see how he gets on.

“It is a step up in class, but he seems to be going the right way. He seems to be in good shape and I’m very happy with him and he won’t mind the cut in the ground.

“The draw in six seems fine as he will be in the middle of them all and we know he runs well in a big field.

“Hopefully, if this all goes to plan, he will go out to race in Dubai afterwards.”

James Fanshawe expects the step back up in trip to suit Listed winner Archer’s Dream, who made the most of a switch to handicap company when returning to winning ways at Leicester on her most recent start.

The Newmarket handler said: “It looks a competitive race as you have the Ayr Gold Cup winner in there and Lady In France (who won a Listed race at Ayr for Karl Burke).

“You never quite know how they will go this late on in the season, but she will love the ground and she seems in good form.

“It was a stiff five furlongs at Leicester last time and that was only just far enough for her.”

The hat-trick seeking Tinto will fly the flag for Amanda Perrett in a 15-strong field.

Angel eyeing Group Three prize at Maisons-Laffitte
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