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Arizona ready for Deauville test

17th August 2019, 18:48 by Tom McGarry

Trainer Aidan O'Brien believes Arizona is in "good form" ahead of the renewal of the Darley Prix Morny at Deauville on Sunday.

Arizona has not been seen since his victory in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, but O'Brien says that was always part of the plan with this race in mind, while the No Nay Never colt is also expected to run in the National Stakes on Irish Champions Weekend at the Curragh.

"He's in good form, everything is right and we've been very happy with him since Ascot," O'Brien said. "Hopefully the ground won't get too soft, but we're very happy with him.

"He had a break since Ascot, but he's ready to go again now."

Arizona is one of the favourites to win Sunday's Group one feature, although he is expected to face a tough test from Mark Johnston's Raffle Prize, who will have Frankie Dettori in the saddle.

Dettori rode the two-year-old filly to glory in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot and was also in the saddle as she defied a penalty at Newmarket to win last month's Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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