Prime Defender Takes Aim at Deauville

The six and a half furlong Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville on Sunday has the connections of Prime Defender anticipating a top performance by the horse in the event.

Deauville Racecourse

Deauville Racecourse

The legitimate reason for his poor showing in the July Cup was that the horse was found to have thrown a plate when coming home in eleventh place behind Starspangledbanner.

"Unfortunately he pulled a shoe off in the July Cup and he was sore for a good three or four days afterwards," Hills' son and assistant Charlie said.

"We had to be easy with him and lay off for a week after that race. He's going well now again and we're looking forward to Sunday.

"We couldn't be more pleased with him. He was a little bit unfortunate with the draw at Ascot, but he wasn't beaten very far, about four lengths that day, so he ran a pretty good race there.

"Hopefully we can come on from that run.

"He's been around the world and he's got used to the travelling involved. It's a trip he should enjoy and the ground shouldn't be a problem.

"It looks a very open race now with Paco Boy not going so there are many horses in there with a good chance."

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