Racing: French flair flavour for Nunthorpe

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Improving French sprinter Rangali is to take up his entry in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York later this month.

Despite a busy juvenile season, Alex Pantall’s colt has made big strides at three and collected a six-furlong Listed race at Maisons-Laffitte in May.

A drop back to five furlongs brought about an even greater performance, with Rangali winning the Prix du Gros-Chene at Chantilly on French Derby day.

He beat leading domestic rival Catcall by two lengths with William Muir’s reliable Stepper Point back in fourth.

The experienced Pantall, who trained Restiadargent to finish third to Black Caviar in the 2011 Diamond Jubilee Stakes, said: “If the horse is well, I think he will run at York. He has won a Group Two and there are not many Group Ones for him over the distance.”

Another French star, Treve, enjoyed a beneficial workout for the first time on turf since her bruising Royal Ascot experience when she covered a mile on the Chantilly gallops on Tuesday morning.

Last season’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner will be brought along with tender handling ahead of a repeat bid for the Arc on October 5, though the signs, at least at this early stage in her recovery, are promising. The Al Shaqab Racing-owned filly will, however, not be risked on a racecourse until Arc trials day at Longchamp on September 14.

Trainer Criquette Head-Maarek said: ““There is a long way to go, but we think we can get her back to how she was last year.”

Forest Des Aigles trainer Lucinda Russell, here pictured with Grand National winner One For Arthur. PIC: Ian Rutherford/PA Wire

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