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Ryan's ready to let Rip at Cliffs

Ryan Moore will get the leg up on Rip Van Winkle when the colt bids for back-to-back successes in the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood tomorrow.

The Galileo colt was a brilliant winner of the Group One prize 12 months ago but needs to bounce back to form after disappointing on his first start of the campaign in the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot.

With stable jockey Johnny Murtagh still on the sidelines due to suspension, trainer Aidan O'Brien has moved quickly to snap up the services of the reigning champion jockey.

The Ballydoyle handler also saddles Beethoven and Encompassing.

Rip Van Winkle will certainly face a stiff test with Richard Hannon's Canford Cliffs bidding for his third successive win at the highest level following glorious displays in the Irish 2000 Guineas and the St James's Palace Stakes.

Chris Wall's stable star Premio Loco steps up to Group One company for the first time following his recent win at Ascot, while Mac Love makes his first appearance since winning at Goodwood last September.

Beacon Lodge and Dream Eater complete the eight-runner line-up.

Beacon Lodge's trainer Clive Cox admits his charge faces a tough task but is ready to let him line up following his fine second in a Group Three at Maisons-Laffitte earlier this month. "It's a big step up for him but he ran very well in France last week and has come out of the race in good form," said Cox.

French filly Rosanara has been supplemented for the Blue Square Nassau Stakes at Goodwood on Saturday.

The daughter of Sinndar missed her intended engagement in the Irish Oaks after playing up when boarding her flight and connections have decided to stump up the required £17,000 to add her to the field.

Alain de Royer-Dupre's grey will travel by road in order to avoid a similar scenario this time and Georges Rimaud, racing manager for the owner the Aga Khan, feels she heads to Britain with strong claims.

"She will run on Saturday and is in very good form," said Rimaud. "We had the problem with the plane but she is much better travelling by truck on the road, so that should be fine.

"She was hitting her head and a number of different things on the plane and she is possibly a bit claustrophobic. She got terribly excited and it wasn't worth taking off with a horse that was not happy. I don't think we would even have been able to take off.

"I believe the 10 furlongs should be OK for her but she would possibly be better over a mile and a half. The ground does not matter to her and we hope she can put up a good performance."

Bethrah is likely to return to action in the Coolmore Fusaichi Pegasus Matron Stakes at Leopardstown on September 4.

Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum's filly has had a break since winning the Irish 1000 Guineas at the Curragh in May and is being prepared for an autumn campaign.

"Bethrah is in great form," her trainer Dermot Weld said. "I'll be speaking to Angus Gold about it. He'll be speaking to Sheikh Hamdan. I would say possibly the Matron Stakes would be her next race."

The Curragh-based handler has also nominated next race targets for Ascot Gold Cup hero Rite Of Passage and Profound Beauty, whose long-term objective is the Melbourne Cup. He said: "Profound Beauty in all probability will run next in the Yorkshire Oaks and Rite of Passage I'd say will go for the Irish St Leger. We've won that race six times and I'd like to win a seventh."


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