Hannon eyes Moulin glory
Richard Hannon demonstrates his strength in the miling division as he saddles Olympic Glory and Havana Gold in the Prix du Moulin at Longchamp.
Hopes will largely rest with the former, the mount of Frankie Dettori, who excelled in France last year by winning the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere.
Olympic Glory met trouble when returning to Longchamp for the French Guineas but very nearly made a spectacular comeback when beaten only by the marvellous Moonlight Cloud in the Prix Jacques le Marois.
Havana Gold, who finished ahead of his stablemate in the Guineas and went on to Group One honours in the Prix Jean Prat, returns to a mile after managing only fifth in a 10-furlong Group Two at Deauville.
Assessing his pair, Hannon told Racing UK: "It's quite amazing how it has cut up, there's only eight left in it now and we've got two of them.
"Olympic Glory is in great form. Frankie came down and rode him the other day and was delighted with him.
"Havana Gold is a good horse as well, he's won a Group One. (But) the way he (Olympic Glory) ran the other day in France, you'd have to say that was a very good race and he's probably slightly better. Hopefully there will be pace in the race."
Another to be dropping back in distance is the Jonathan Pease-trained Maxios, who made a top-level breakthrough in the Prix d'Ispahan but was well beaten on his latest start by Al Kazeem in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes.
Alan Cooper, racing manager for owners the Niarchos family, said: "He has had a break since Ascot and he's in good form.
"We're dropping back to a mile but hopefully he'll put in a good performance. He has a lot of different options, we've been invited to the Cox Plate and there's the Champion Stakes at Ascot. We'll wait and see what happens this weekend first."
Style Vendome, the French Guineas winner, has been absent since Havana Gold reversed placings in the Jean Prat but lines up for Nicolas Clement.
Mikel Delzangles runs Sage Melody as a pacemaker for Flotilla, who landed the 1000 Guineas on the same card at Longchamp as well as last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.
An experiment of stepping Flotilla up in trip for the French Oaks failed, and Delzangles said: "She's definitely a miler, we found that out in the Diane. She's very well."
Aidan O'Brien's Jersey Stakes winner, French Guineas fourth and Irish Guineas runner-up Gale Force Ten is another looking to recapture the form of earlier in the season.