Aljamaaheer: Dane O’Neill takes over from the injured Paul Hanagan
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France: Aljamaaheer’s switch to sprinting this season has yet to yield a victory, but trainer Roger Varian is optimistic the classy five-year-old can come good in Sunday’s Prix Maurice de Gheest, especially if he reproduces his third in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Owned by Hamdan Al Maktoum, Aljamaaheer has been made a 7-1 chance by Paddy Power to win Sunday’s 6½f Group 1.
He was just a length and three-quarters off Slade Power in the Diamond Jubilee, but flopped behind the same rival when ninth of 13 in the July Cup last time.
Dane O’Neill takes over from the injured Paul Hanagan on last year’s Summer Mile winner.
“Aljamaaheer was too free at Newmarket in the July Cup and if you put a line through that and look at his Diamond Jubilee form, he would have a very strong chance,” said Varian, quoted on his website.
“We would have preferred faster ground but he goes there in good form.”
July Cup third Gregorian heads Paddy Power’s betting at 4-1, while Garswood, Vorda and Viztoria are also 7-1.
The Maurice de Gheest, which takes place at Deauville, has been won for the last three years by the now-retired Moonlight Cloud.
Prix Maurice de Gheest
Paddy Power: 4 Gregorian, 7 Garswood, Aljamaaheer, Vorda, Viztoria, 8 Thawaany, 10 Sommerabend, Caspar Netscher, 12 Joyeuse, 14 Fiesolana, 16 Pinturicchio, 22 Zejel, 25 So Long Malpic, 33 Gammarth, Another Party
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