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Horse Racing - Racing: Soumillion makes British return

Christophe Soumillion makes his first appearance of the year in Britain at Newbury on Saturday, where he renews his acquaintance with Perfect Power.

Soumillion partnered Perfect Power to Group 1 wins on either side of the English Channel last autumn and is back in the saddle for the Group 3 Watership Down Too Darn Hot Greenham Stakes (3.00) at Newbury on Saturday.

The son of Ardad is 9/4 to win at Newbury, with fellow dual Group 1 winner Angel Bleu priced at 13/8 in the classic warm up.

French champion Soumillion - who also has picked up the ride on the fancied Thunderous for Charlie and Mark Johnston in the opener (1.50) - first steered Richard Fahey’s speedster to glory in the Group 1 Prix Morny at Deauville in August, before following up in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket the following month.

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When last seen at Newmarket last September, Perfect Power did well to overcome a wide draw in stall one on the Rowley Mile and can be marked up on that showing, when he defeated Castle Star.

Bruce Raymond, racing manager to owner Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum, said: "Christophe was very keen to come over to ride Perfect Power. The horse has been working as well as we could wish for and I think he's the one they all have to beat.

"Obviously he's moving up to seven furlongs for the first time and if he does well he'll go for the 2,000 Guineas.

"If not than he could drop back in trip for something like the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot."

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