Excelebration tops Moulin possibles

  • Last Updated: September 12 2012, 15:14 BST

Excelebration and Farhh are set to clash in Sunday's Prix du Moulin at Longchamp.

Moonlight Cloud: Has another crack at a mile

The pair would both have considerably more Group One victories to their name if it were not for the existence of Frankel, but for once Sir Henry Cecil's champion is not among the field.

Excelebration won the race last year when with Marco Botti, and after a couple more defeats to Frankel, new trainer Aidan O'Brien saddled him to land a very competitive Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville.

Godolphin's Farhh, no match for Frankel at Goodwood and York, drops back to a mile again but there is further stiff competition among the eight horses confirmed for the weekend.

Stunning sprinter Moonlight Cloud, fourth in the Marois, has another try at the distance, with Brian Meehan's Most Improved and Alan McCabe's Caspar Netscher other possibles to make the trip over.

The Group One Prix Vermeille on the same afternoon is looking like a potential thriller with three of the first four in the Irish Oaks - Great Heavens, Was and Princess Highway, all set to be involved.

Last year's winner, Galikova, is also in the 15-strong field for Freddie Head along with a number of other interesting French fillies.

A fantastic card also features the two trials for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Andre Fabre's Meandre, only sixth in last year's Arc but a winner of two Group Ones already this season, looks the star turn in the Prix Foy, but faces an interesting rival in the Japanese raider Orfevre.

Sir Michael Stoute's Fiorente is among the eight horses going forward along with O'Brien pair Treasure Beach and Robin Hood, plus the ex-O'Brien and now Botti runner Joshua Tree, who was beaten by Fiorente at Newmarket in July.

Fabre could try the lightly-raced Last Train in the three-year-old trial, the Prix Niel.

However, he faces the likes of Aga Khan duo Bayrir and Kesampour plus Godolphin's Mandaean.

O'Brien has left in Imperial Monarch, possibly bound for other targets, with David Lanigan leaving the option open for Main Sequence if he does not run in the Ladbrokes St Leger.

There are, as usual, plenty of British sprinters in the five-furlong Prix du Petit Couvert.

Definightly, Monsieur Joe, Inxile, Spirit Quartz, Stepper Point, Ballesteros and Duchess Dora could all travel over.