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Rock given French aim

Tue, 18 September 2012

Saddler's Rock will bid to record his first Group One victory when he takes part in the Qatar Prix du Cadran at Longchamp on October 7.

Trainer John Oxx is aiming the four-year-old stayer at the French marathon over two and a half miles on Arc day after he failed to defend his Doncaster Cup crown.

Unsuited by the slow pace, this year's Goodwood Cup winner was only fifth behind Times Up but Oxx was pleased he improved on his poor display at York on his previous start.

"He's fine. He came out of it well, it wasn't a hard race for him because they only sprinted down the straight. It was a very slow pace," said the Currabeg handler.

"It didn't suit him and he was just getting going at the end. He's not having much luck apart from winning at Goodwood.

"He ran much better than at York and he's obviously coming back to form. It's just the slow pace was no good to him.

"We're looking at the Prix du Cadran next, so hopefully he'll run there."