Sealiway to miss the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown

Francis-Henri Graffard’s Sealiway will miss the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown and begin his late-season campaign in the La Coupe de Maisons-Laffitte at ParisLongchamp on Sunday.

The four-year-old has been seen four times this year, most notably finishing second to Skalleti in the Prix d'Harcourt and third in the Prix Ganay before coming home fifth in the Prix d'Ispahan on his latest outing in May.

Prior to that he had won the Champion Stakes at Ascot when trained by Cedric Rossi, and the same contest is on the agenda once again for the colt and so too is the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe - a race in which he finished fifth last term.

"He's not going to Ireland, he's running on Sunday in a Group Three over 10 furlongs," said Graffard.

"He is in very good from and it will be a good starting point for an autumn campaign of the Arc and Ascot."

Another regular at Ascot's end-of-season finale is Graffard's seven-year-old gelding The Revenant, the winner of the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes in 2020 having finished second the year before.

Last season he was fourth behind Baaeed in the same contest and is pencilled in to return to the Berkshire meeting once again come October.

A run in the Prix du Moulin on Sunday will come first, after which Graffard may target the Prix Daniel Wildenstein at the same track - victory in which would be a third for the chestnut.

"He's very well, he's going to run in the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp at the weekend," the trainer said.

"We'll hope for a bit of rain in the next few weeks, the horse is well and he has an entry in the Prix Daniel Wildenstein so we will see - then he will come to Ascot, definitely."

Emaraaty Ana faces 16 in Sprint Cup defence

Last year's winner Emaraaty Ana heads a maximum field of 17 for Saturday's Betfair Sprint Cup at Haydock.

The Kevin Ryan-trained six-year-old is without a win since beating Starman in a close finish last season, but hinted at a return to form when third over an inadequate five furlongs in the Nunthorpe last time out.

Ryan, who also won the race with Hello Youmzain in 2019, has a second string to his bow in the filly Hala Hala Athmani.

The ante-post favourite is Owen Burrows' consistent Minzaal who won the Hackwood Stakes and went on to get closest to Highfield Princess in the Prix Maurice de Gheest.

Charlie Appleby's Naval Crown won the Platinum Jubilee at Ascot and was second in the July Cup but could only finish fifth in the French race.

Hugo Palmer has three chances having declared Brad The Brief (Cieren Fallon), Flaming Rib (Ben Curtis) and Dubawi Legend, with jockey Ross Coakley maintaining the partnership after winning a Group Three in Germany last Sunday, when he picked up a 23-day ban for breaching whip rules in the process.

Rohaan (Hollie Doyle), Kinross (Frankie Dettori), Go Bears Go (Sean Levey) and Art Power (David Allan) are all in contention.

Richard Fahey runs Umm Kulthum but his Ventura Diamond was balloted out.

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