Robin Of Navan back in France

 In Lambourn News

Despite being trained in Lambourn, Robin Of Navan has spent far more time racing in France than anywhere else, and the trend continues on Monday as he takes on six rivals at Maisons-Laffitte.

Trainer Harry Dunlop is expecting an improved display from five-year-old Robin Of Navan, who has scored five times in France, and said on Sunday: “It was a good run at Deauville previously and he’ll progress from it.

“The ground should be on the faster side and he has his optimum conditions here. I’m wary of Andre Fabre’s horse, but Robin Of Navan is in good form and I’m expecting a nice performance in what should be a strongly run race.”

Harry Dunlop: “It was a good run at Deauville previously and he’ll progress from it.” Dunlop’s hope is not the only overseas raider as German-trained, and likely pace angle, Oriental Eagle takes his chance and the Czech Republic is represented by Subway Dancer.

The Andre Fabre-trained Orbaan heads the list of challengers and takes a marked step down in class after finishing last of eight in an ambitious tilt at the Sussex Stakes last month. The field is completed by Spotify, Time Shanakill and Golden Legend.

Robin Of Navan is not the only British interest at Maisons-Laffitte on Monday, with three juveniles among the ten runners set to go to post for the Group 3 Prix Eclipse (1.20).

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