Zafisio targets French double

Paul Blockley is confident Zafisio can shrug off a troublesome journey across to France when he lines up in tomorrow’s Criterium de Saint-Cloud.

Paul Blockley is confident Zafisio can shrug off a troublesome journey across to France when he lines up in tomorrow’s Criterium de Saint-Cloud.

The Efisio colt took the Criterium International at the same course on his latest outing to provide Blockley with his first Group One success.

Although big things are again expected of Zafisio, Blockley revealed the juvenile’s trip across to Saint-Cloud has been plagued with difficulties.

“Zafisio has been fine since he won over in France last time, but he has had a bit of a difficult journey over,” said the Berkshire handler.

“We got down to the ferry on Monday and couldn’t get on the boat as there were no sailings – so he has had to wait until Tuesday to set off.

“It would have been better to have him over there on Monday, but we are going anyway and we know the soft ground will be no problem for him.

“We were delighted with him last time and Dominique Boeuf rides him again.”

Blockley was last month warned off for two and a half years after the latest British Horseracing Authority investigation into alleged corruption.

He has until Wednesday to decide whether to appeal against the ruling.

Zafisio faces 10 rivals in the Group One heat, in which Aidan O’Brien is mob-handed with Fame And Glory, Drumbeat, Age Of Aquarius and Hail Caesar.

Irish handler Tracey Collins will also be represented by Turin Lady, who will be bidding to complete a hat-trick in the hands of Pat Shanahan.

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