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By Scott Burton
Racing Post

Christophe Soumillon

Aidan O’Brien saddles the third and fifth home from that Leopardstown trial, with Up (Joseph O’Brien) having run a particularly nice race just behind Fire Lily.

However, O’Brien junior will have to be at his best as Up is drawn widestof the 13 runners, on a course where winners hailing from double-figure stalls are a rarity over 1m.

After (Colm O’Donoghue) is better placed in stall five but even on arguably her best run behind Fire Lily in the Anglesey Stakes, she has plenty to find.

The Coolmore quartet is completed by Petite Noblesse (Andre Fabre/Maxime Guyon), who won as she liked in a conditions race on soft ground at Longchamp three weeks ago and remains largely unexposed.

Topeka (Robert Collet/Ioritz Mendizabal) was a Group 3 winner at two and is bound to have come on plenty, after subsiding rather meekly behind Mashoora in the Prix Imprudence.

“Everything has gone well since her return, when she really needed the run,” said Collet, who won his only Pouliches 31 years ago with Ukraine Girl under Pat Eddery. “She showed last year she was up to group class and to run in a mile classic has been her main aim since.”

Samitar (Mick Channon/Olivier Peslier) is the sole British runner and should appreciate the return to the trip which saw her get within a head of landing the Group 1 Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket last September.

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