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Goldikova ready to bounce back -- Head

FRENCH wonder mare Goldikova will attempt to get back to winning ways in tomorrow's Prix Rothschild at Deauville.

Freddie Head's superstar came off second best in her clash with Canford Cliffs in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot, with jockey Olivier Peslier putting up 2lb overweight.

Having won the Prix Rothschild for the past three years, the six-year-old will certainly be returning to a place that holds happy memories.

She is aimed at winning her 14th Group One race as her campaign builds up towards yet another crack at the Breeders' Cup Mile.

"It looks a good race with plenty of Group One winners in there," said Head. "She's very well and I've been very happy with her since Ascot. Her training has been good and I still feel she's as good as ever. We've got the pacemaker (Flash Dance) and she does her job well.

"Up against her own sex for the last few years, she has been very hard to beat. There's no invincible horses. If everything goes well, she'll go for the Jacques le Marois."

Rod Collet takes on the Head super mare with two fillies from different generations -- Goldikova's contemporary Sahpresa and Nova Hawk, the only three-year-old in the line-up.

Both horses finished second in Britain on their most recent outings -- Sahpresa behind Timepiece in the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket and Nova Hawk to Immortal Verse in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The Henry Cecil-Tom Queally partnership sends out Timepiece, which bids to follow up her Newmarket success and give connections another Group One victory in the wake of Frankel's Sussex Stakes romp.

Irish Independent