Fahey hopes The Ridler can prove Prix Morny solution

The Ridler offers Richard Fahey and Christophe Soumillon consecutive victories in the Prix Morny at Deauville on Sunday.

Just like Perfect Power did 12 months ago, The Ridler are here to complete the success of the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.

While Perfect Power was beaten in the Richmond Stakes between races, The Ridler has remained fresh since a victory at Ascot shrouded in controversy, with his jockey Paul Hanagan receiving a 10-day ban for careless driving.

Soumillon takes over this weekend and Fahey will be hoping his charge can prove his shock 50-1 success at Berkshire was no fluke.

” He is doing very well. Christophe rides it, I really wanted to put it on. He knows the track very well and is a world class jockey,” said the Musley Bank handler.

“I think (increasing travel) will help him, he crossed the line at Ascot on a very steep five. I just think the further he goes, the better he will get.

“He will have to go up in rank, we are in rank, but we are very happy with him.”

Aidan O’Brien, who has won the Prix Morny three times but hasn’t picked up gold since winning Johannesburg in 2001, launches a double assault, with The Antarctic completed to join stablemate Blackbeard.

Blackbeard were comfortable winners when the pair faced off in the Prix Robert Papin at Chantilly, but Antarctica has since returned to France to clinch the Prix de Cabourg over that course and distance.

Blackbeard winning the Marble Hill Stakes at the Curragh (Brian Lawless/PA) (PA wire)

O’Brien said: ‘We have them both and they faced each other in the Papin.

“We always thought The Antarctic was a very good horse, so we supplemented him. It just takes a while to come, but it’s getting better.

“Blackbeard is in good shape, we have been delighted with him since the last day and Ryan (Moore) is riding him again.

“Both have been busy this season. The ground shouldn’t bother them no matter what direction it goes.

July Stakes winner Persian Force was last seen finishing the best of the rest behind O’Brien’s hugely impressive colt Little Big Bear in the Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh a fortnight ago . It will have a new driver, Frankie Dettori taking over from Rossa Ryan.

He is a very good horse and I hope he can show it on Sunday

Coach Richard Hannon said: “The race went well and I hope it’s a good opportunity for him.

“I was amazed at that race in Ireland – I was amazed that anything could beat it this far.

“He’s a very good horse and I hope he can show it on Sunday.”

In the absence of a rider trained in France, the restricted but select line-up is completed by Amy Murphy’s filly, Manhattan Jungle, beaten by a length by The Antarctic in the Prix de Cabourg.

“It’s a very tough race, but we thought it was worth trying,” Murphy said.

“She is in great shape and had a great race there on the last day. Obviously, Antarctica has been completed, which is a good thing for us, so we’ll see how we go.

“We will probably be the underdog of the peloton and if she could get into Group 1, that would be amazing.

“We’re going to ride her to run as well as she can.”

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