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Olympic carries torch for Hannon in France

RICHARD HANNON'S Olympic Glory is among 30 colts still in the reckoning for the French 2000 Guineas at Longchamp on Sunday.

The three-year-old won all but one of five starts as a juvenile and already has successful form across the Channel after claiming the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp's Arc meeting last October.

Olympic Glory made a winning return to action in the Greenham Stakes at Newbury and will return to France aiming to complete a memorable week for the Hannon camp following the 1000 Guineas victory of Sky Lantern at Newmarket on Sunday.

Hannon could also saddle Havana Gold, and there are a plethora of other British-trained contenders.

Charlie Hills has Ebn Arab in the mix following his comeback victory at Doncaster, while Marco Botti could send runaway Kempton scorer String Theory to France.

Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor has left in Tawhid, Brian Meehan could run Mujazif, and John Gosden has Bright Strike.

The Irish presence is also strong, with Jim Bolger and Aidan O'Brien each responsible for three entries.

Bolger has Leitir Mor, Loch Garman and Trading Leather engaged, while Ballydoyle trainer O'Brien has Festive Cheer, Gale Force Ten and Flying The Flag.

The only other potential Irish challenger is Tommy Carmody's Fort Knox. Of the home contenders, Andre Fabre's Newmarket winner Intello and Freddie Head's Anodin are two of the more interesting possible runners.