League set for Morny challenge

Different League and Antoine Hamelin land the Albany Stakes

Trainer Matthieu Palussiere expects his Royal Ascot heroine Different League to raise her game when she puts her unbeaten record on the line in the Prix Morny at Deauville on Sunday.

After winning her first two starts in the French provinces, the daughter of Dabirsim was a 20-1 shot for the Albany Stakes in June and kept her unbeaten record intact with a narrow victory.

The form is solid, with the Aidan O'Brien-trained pair of Actress and Clemmie, who finished sixth and seventh respectively, both striking at Pattern level since.

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Different League takes on colts at Group One level this weekend, but Palussiere is excited by the challenge.

He said: "We are all set, the filly is very well and it's exciting. We have our fingers crossed for Sunday.

"Her preparation has been perfect. She has to take on colts, but really there are not many other options.

"You would think she should improve from Ascot and she's playing at home this time.

"Looking at the forecast the ground should be good or good to soft and that wouldn't worry us."

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