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KING' of france

John Gosden's Kingman will bid to continue lighting up this current Flat season when he heads to Deauville on Sunday for the Prix Jacques Le Marois where he will unsurprisingly be the long odds-on favourite.

The fixtures in Ireland or across the water in England may not be of vintage quality this weekend but there is plenty to look forward to with the Group One contest taking place in France and plenty of top level fare in Arlington where Aidan O'Brien has plenty of representation.

A decision on Australia's participation in Wednesday's Juddmonte International is likely to come over the weekend and the dual Derby winner is probably the only colt around that can steal any of the limelight from the three-time Group One winning Kingman who is likely to add a fourth when lining up in France on Sunday afternoon.

Since both Australia and Kingman were inconvenienced by the splitting field in English 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket, both have gone on to justify their lofty reputations and their haul since Newmarket of five Group One's between them could well be seven by Wednesday evening as the three-year-olds ready themselves to rekindle some light into the season.

Kingman will face Olympic Glory over a mile in Deauville on Sunday but even connections of the latter admit to the almost impossible task of overturning the horse who has earned comparisons with the great Frankel.

Aidan O'Brien will warm up for York by going Stateside on Saturday where he will have four runners across the card including Magician in the feature Arlington Million with Joseph O'Brien aboard.

Of course, the big question at the moment is that if Australia does run on Wednesday, who will get the call to ride him as Joseph can't do the 8st12lbs weight and with Ryan Moore tied up to ride Telescope for Michael Stoute he is also ruled out. I'm sure there'll be a good show of hands.

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