Ultra aims to extend Fabre record
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The Godolphin-owned colt looked another potential star in the making for the French maestro after winning each of his three starts as a juvenile, rounding off his campaign with victory in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere on Arc day at Longchamp.
He suffered a surprise defeat on his belated reappearance in the Prix Eugene Adam at Maisons-Laffitte last month and his conqueror that day, Christophe Ferland's Heshem, is in opposition once more in this 10-furlong Group Two.
Fabre won this prize for a record 11th time when striking gold with New Bay 12 months ago.
Lisa-Jane Graffard of Godolphin said: "Ultra has come on well since his last run. We still have one eye on the latter part of the season, so he is being brought along with that in mind rather than this race being his main objective.
"It is a very tough contest and a Group One in all but name. This is another stepping stone towards his autumn campaign but we hope that he can start to confirm the promise he showed last year."
Alain de Royer-Dupre's French Derby runner-up Zarak, a son of the brilliant racemare Zarkava, also features in a fascinating heat.
The British challenge is made up of John Gosden's recent Rose of Lancaster winner Royal Artillery, the William Haggas-trained Sky Kingdom and Steel Of Madrid from Richard Hannon's yard.
Charlie Appleby sends Mise En Rose across the Channel to contest the Prix de Lieurey.
The daughter of War Front was runner-up in the Queens Plate at Goodwood last month.
"Quick ground on a flat track will suit and I expect her to run well."
Mise En Rose is one of three runners for Godolphin along with Fabre-trained pair of Come Alive and Switching.
Graffard told the Godolphin website: "Come Alive has been doing very well since her victory at Maisons-Laffitte. There is a slight question mark over her staying the mile but we will see how she gets on.
"Switching can be a tricky filly and we hope that she will be on her best behaviour.
"She will get the trip well and we want her to have a nicer experience in the stalls so that she can get her season back on track."
The third and final Pattern race of the afternoon is the Prix Gontaut-Biron Hong Kong Jockey Club, in which New Bay is the star turn for Fabre and owner Khalid Abdullah.
The chestnut colt won four times as a three-year-old, including victory in the French Derby, before finishing an excellent third behind Golden Horn in the Prix de l'Arc de Trimophe.
He was bitterly disappointing on his return to action in the Prix d'Ispahan at Chantilly in May, but having been given time off since, he will be widely expected to bounce back.
The only British representative is James Fanshawe's Arthenus.
Garlingari, Royal Dolois and Brisanto make up the field of five.Read More at Sporting Life