Ribchester suffered a shock defeat on his last start and will look to bounce back to winning ways in the Qatar Prix du Moulin under James Doyle in France
RICHARD FAHEY is hoping Ribchester can bounce back to winning form in Sunday’s Qatar Prix du Moulin at Chantilly.
Ribchester suffered a shock defeat on his last start at Goodwood in the Sussex Stakes, but Fahey is hopeful he can show his true colours in France.
“We’re very happy with him and we’ll go there and see what happens,” said Fahey.
“Things didn’t work out at Goodwood, obviously, but we’re just drawing a line through it and moving on.”
With regular rider William Buick sidelined by injury, James Doyle takes over in the saddle.
“James has ridden the horse before and won on him, so that’s not a problem,” the trainer added.
“We’ve been pleased with the horse since Goodwood and we’re looking forward to it.”
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Ribchester is set to face seven rivals, with Owen Burrows’s Massaat, Harry Dunlop’s Robin Of Navan and David Simcock’s Lightning Spear also making the journey across the Channel.
Massaat returned from over a year off the track to win the Hungerford Stakes at Newbury last month and Burrows has been pleased with his subsequent progress.
He said: “We’ve been very happy with him since Newbury. He came out of the race well and we’re looking forward to Sunday.
“We’ll have a better idea of where we stand after the weekend.”
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Meanwhile owner Anthony Oppenheimer believes Cracksman should thrive on the likely ease in the Chantilly ground in the Prix Niel.
He told Press Association Sport: “It should be good to soft ground, I think. It’s been drying there and it drains well.
“It was good to soft at York and he ran well there – it may even give him an advantage as he seems to really relish it.
“I would like to run him as a four-year-old so we don’t want to give him a really hard race this year.”
Cracksman is the only British runner in a five-strong field.
Charlie Appleby’s Endless Time is one of six British-trained challengers in the Group One Prix Vermeille as she looks to follow up her recent Goodwood win.
He said: “It was a good performance on her last start at Goodwood.
“One thing she does love is ease in conditions and it looks like that’s what we’re going to get there at Chantilly on Sunday. A repeat performance of last year’s run in that puts her bang there.”
John Gosden runs Journey and The Black Princess, with the Roger Varian-trained Ajman Princess, Andrew Balding’s Blond Me and Luca Cumani’s God Given making up the raiding party.