Fanshawe’s Boarding for France

James Fanshawe is leaning towards sending Speedy Boarding on a return trip to France for a tilt at the Prix de l'Opera rather than heading to Ascot for Champions Day.

Speedy Boarding (far right): Chantilly option

Although a firm decision is yet to be made, the Newmarket handler is favouring an outing in the Group One 10-furlong contest on October 2 at Chantilly for the four-year-old, who also holds an entry in the Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot 13 days later.

Having finished last behind Minding in a Group One at the Curragh on her penultimate start, the daughter of Shamardal bounced to back to form last time out with her first top-level victory in the Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville.

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The Newmarket handler said: "We are aiming for the Prix de l'Opera, but we are also in the Fillies' and Mares' at Ascot. She will do one or the other, but the aim at the moment is to go for the Opera.

"She won the Romanet well. Freddie (Tylicki) rode a lovely race on her. He went and got a lovely position and she won going away.

"Obviously the Opera will be a lot tougher but she seems in good form and she is improving."

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