Fabre hoping for Hurricane’s best

ANDRE FABRE is hoping Hurricane Run can emulate his sire Montjeu by winning the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot today.

The master French trainer admits it takes a special horse to win the Ascot showpiece a year after taking the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, but that is exactly what Montjeu did six years ago.

And even though the four-year-old is going into the race on the back of a disappointing second place at Saint-Cloud, Fabre believes he has improved for the race.

“Hurricane Run is at Ascot and has travelled over well,” said Fabre.

“It’s a small field but it should be a good pace with a Group One horse (Godolphin’s Cherry Mix) as a pacemaker.

“He doesn’t line up unbeaten this season but one of the reasons for his defeat last time was that he needed the race and he has come on a little bit from that run. We also respect the winner (Pride) very much.

“The ground should be fine for him. I’ve not had many runners in the King George but you need a good horse to win both the Arc and the King George.

“Hurricane Run is a very good horse but who knows, he might be beaten tomorrow.”

Frankie Dettori is hoping the decision to run Italian Group One winner Cherry Mix as a pacemaker will have the desired effect for his big-race mount, Electrocutionist.

The Italian tried to make all the running on the Dubai World Cup winner at Royal Ascot only to be caught close home by Ouija Board in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes.

However, Dettori believes the step up from 10 furlongs combined with a guaranteed pace can bring out the best in Electrocutionist.

“It’s an absolutely cracking race,” said Dettori.

“Three champions and you can’t disregard the other three as well but it is definitely a race to savour.

“My horse is well and has done nothing wrong since Ascot. He is a very honest and consistent performer,” he said.

The third major contender is Japanese raider Heart’s Cry, who comes into the race on the back of a scintillating performance in the Dubai Sheema Classic.

However, Heart’s Cry sprung to prominence after beating compatriot Deep Impact on his penultimate start – the only time the latter has lost in 11 starts.

The Sunday Silence entire has been prepared for Ascot at Luca Cumani’s Newmarket yard and is reported to be on top of his form.

“Since he arrived in this country his condition has improved each day,” said Toshi Kiyota, racing manager for the owners, Shadai Race Horse Co Ltd.

“We finished his training programme this morning and everything is right.

“He’s certainly in good shape and his form is getting better all the time even though he is five now.”

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