Friday 15 December 2017

Khan set for French test

ED Dunlop's Native Khan will bid to maintain his unbeaten record in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere on Arc weekend at Longchamp on October 3.

The son of Azamour created a big impression when winning on his debut at Newmarket and found the step up in class no problem when lifting the Solario Stakes at Sandown.

While he holds entries in the Dewhurst and Racing Post Trophy, Dunlop has decided to take on the best France has to offer.

"More than likely he will run in the Jean-Luc Lagardere," said Dunlop. "If the ground was to ride soft he would be re-routed to the Dewhurst."

Kieren Fallon, who missed the ride in the Solario due to his commitments for Luca Cumani, is likely to be back on board in France.

Another exciting juvenile, Dream Ahead, came through his final piece of work before the Shadwell Middle Park Stakes, giving David Simcock all the right signals. The unbeaten juvenile won the Group One Prix Morny at Deauville on only his second start.

Elsewhere, Epsom Derby-winning Alan Munro is to leave for a new life in Japan at the end of the week, calling time on his riding career in Britain.

The 43-year-old is taking up a three-month contract to ride on the National Racing Association circuit. "The opportunities are there really," said Munro. " It's the right time for me to leave."

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