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Behkabad in fine form for Triomphe tilt

Behkabad recorded a home victory for France with an impressive display in the Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp as Aidan O'Brien's Jan Vermeer was well held in third.

Behkabad was reversing French Derby form with Planteur and Paddy Power reacted with a 12/1 from 20/1 quote about the Jean-Claude Rouget-trained colt for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Ed Dunlop admits it was a difficult decision to supplement Snow Fairy for Sunday's Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh due to the adverse weather forecast.

With rain forecast to hit Ireland this week, Dunlop thought long and hard before asking his owner to stump up the cash.

"We looked at every website imaginable, spoke to lots of people and we've been brave and done it," said Dunlop.

Dermot Weld has confirmed his Gold Cup winner Rite Of Passage will return to the racecourse for the Irish Field St Leger on September 11.

Weld has won the Classic six times through Vintage Crop (1993 and 1994) and Vinnie Roe (2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004) and is allowing the chestnut to rest up after his epic battle with Age Of Aquarius at Royal Ascot last month.

"Rite Of Passage is in great form and his next run will be in the Irish St Leger," said Weld.

The 1988 Cheltenham Gold Cup was stolen during a £150,000 burglary at the house of a racehorse owner in Gloucestershire in the early hours of yesterday morning.

English police confirmed that the iconic trophy was stolen alongside two other racing trophies from the home of racehorse owner Raymond Mould in Wormington. Several other assorted ornaments were stolen alongside the trophy, with the total value of the missing items put at £150,000.


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