Highfield Princess stands ground in 22-strong Abbaye

Highfield Princess features among 22 entries still engaged in Sunday’s Prix de l’Abbaye at ParisLongchamp following Wednesday’s forfeit stage.

John Quinn’s popular mare will be chasing a fourth Group One prize, as she looks to bounce back from a rare below-par effort in Ireland last time out.

The six-year-old could only finish fifth in the Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh behind Moss Tucker, who also remains on course for France this weekend.

Fellow Irish raider Go Athletico will renew rivalry with Moss Tucker from when chasing him home in the Phoenix Sprint Stakes last month, having since prevailed in the Renaissance Stakes.

White Lavender was second behind The Platinum Queen at 30-1 for Karl Burke 12 months ago, with leading home hope Coeur De Pierre third in a blanket finish.

Surprise Nunthorpe scorer Live In The Dream, Flying Five runner-up Get Ahead, proven traveller Art Power and Karl Burke’s Dramatised are among the other fancied British entries.

Vadream has struggled since edging out Live In The Dream in the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket on soft ground and could do with a late downpour in Paris.

Trainer Charlie Fellowes said: “If it’s very soft ground and she gets a good draw then she’s a massive chance because she’s as good as any sprinter on that ground.

“If it’s good ground or quicker, then she probably doesn’t have much of a chance, but she needs to go and have a run as the plan has always been the Abbaye and then Champions Day.”

Aidan O’Brien predictably has a strong book of entries for the two Group One juvenile contests.

Unquestionable, Henry Adams, Henry Longfellow and Johannes Brahms are among 16 still in the Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere, a race the Ballydoyle maestro has won previously with the likes of Rock Of Gibraltar and Holy Roman Emperor.

Amo Racing pair Bucanero Fuerte, already a Group One scorer in the Phoenix Stakes, and Norfolk Stakes star Valiant Force are still in for Adrian Murray.

Gimcrack hero Lake Forest, Vintage Stakes fourth Golden Mind, Champagne Stakes third Rosallion and Newmarket novice winner Jayarebe could represent Britain.

In the Qatar Prix Marcel Boussac-Criterium Des Pouliches, O’Brien relies just on Opera Singer, a Group Three scorer at the Curragh last time out. Burke’s May Hill Stakes winner Darnation is another notable contender.

French 1,000 Guineas and Oaks winner Blue Rose Cen is rated the one to beat in the Prix de l’Opera for Christopher Head.

She will look to get back on track after being a beaten favourite in the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood and the Prix Vermeille.

Roger Varian’s Al Husn and Tom Clover’s Rogue Millennium are fancied British raiders among the 13 possibles.

Blandford Stakes first and second Lumiere Rock and Jackie Oh represent Joseph and Aidan O’Brien respectively.

Ralph Beckett’s Kinross is expected to start favourite for the Prix de la Foret, a race he won 12 months ago under Frankie Dettori.

George Boughey’s Cachet, runner-up in last year’s French 1,000 Guineas, and Joseph O’Brien’s Honey Girl are other interesting entries among 13 still engaged.

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