By Racinguk.com staff
Andre Fabre is likely to run three in Sunday's Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville but they will not include his Royal Ascot winner Le Brivido.
Narrowly touched off in the French Guineas by Brametot, who has strong claims to be the best three-year-old colt in training, Le Brivido dropped to seven furlongs in the Jersey Stakes and just got home from Spirit Of Valor.
Unfortunately he as encountered a minor problem, which will keep him off the track until next month.
"Le Brivido has suffered a setback, so he won't be able to run in August," said Fabre.
"He should be back in time for the Moulin (September 10)."
Paddy Power had priced up the Prix Jacques Le Marois on Monday morning before the news was revealed, and had made the Jersey Stakes winner their 7-4 favourite ahead of Ribchester and Churchill at 5-2.
Those two now vie for favouritism in their revised market at 7-4, with St James's Palace Stakes third Al Wukair now second favourite at 7-2. Godolphin's Thunder Snow is 12-1.
Richard Fahey suggested after Ribchester had finished second to Here Comes When at Gooodwood last week that the Deauville contest was a possibility and he underlined on Sunday that a final decision to run would be made on Thursday.
Churchill missed the Sussex Stakes due to the rain-softened going and is also entered in the Juddmonte International at York on August 23 and the Irish Champion Stakes on September 9.
“We were denied a duel on the downs, but hopefully we might get a rumble on the riviera and we just can’t separate the two main protagonists following Ribchester’s narrow defeat in the Sussex,” Paddy Power spokesman Paul Binfield said.
From his seven entries Fabre will run Al Wukair, Inns Of Court and Trais Flours.
Al Wukair, considered by some as unlucky in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket when third to Churchill, has recovered from his own minor issue to finish second in a Group Three last time out.
"Al Wukair ran OK last time, but he'll be a lot fitter this week, he was slowly away and always up against it as he was short of work," said Fabre.
"Trais Flours was supposed to run at Goodwood, but the ground was too soft.
"He was second in the Jean Prat, but that was a funny race. He might not have won, but should definitely have been closer. This race shouldn't be like that."