Seamie Heffernan rides Princess Zoe in France | Race news

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Seamie Heffernan will take over from suspended apprentice Joey Sheridan when Princess Zoe submits her candidacy to double her Group 1 total in the Prix Royal-Oak at ParisLongchamp.

The Tony Mullins-trained mare has enjoyed a meteoric rise since buying from Germany this year, dropping a mark of 64 when she was second on her Irish debut at Navan in June to claim top honors in the Prix du Cadran at the Arc weekend.

The five-year-old will look for a sixth straight win upon returning to Paris on Sunday, but needs a new partner after Sheridan receives a heavy suspension for using the whip on board her in the Dial initially . of this month.

Multiple Group 1 winner jockey Heffernan was booked and got to know his big race steed during a training session over the weekend.

“She’s as fit as she can get,” Mullins said.

“Seamie sat on her on Sunday – he was very happy with her, and we were very happy with him.

“Joey is visibly suspended, which is a shame. He had six days for too many strikes with the whip, and they doubled the penalty because it was a Group 1 – a rule I couldn’t find anywhere in any rulebook. Either way, that’s the way it is.

“We are very satisfied with the mare. All I can say is that deep down I think a two and a half mile race less than three weeks ago must take its toll at some point. , but there is no proof at this time, so we’re good to go.

“We have done all of our blood tests, and everything is perfect. I would say the next one is the acid test, in the last 100 yards next Sunday. ”

Princess Zoe is already considered an outpost favorite for the Mares ‘Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival with some bookies, and owners Paddy Kehoe and her sister Philomena Crampton are excited about a career in jumping. obstacles.

However, Mullins wants to see how she performs on Sunday before making any firm plans.

He added, “The owner has expressed interest in this (skipping).

“I’m not saying he’s right or wrong – only that it increases your chances of injury with a very valuable mare.

“We’ll probably see him again next Sunday, but right now all I can say is it’s not off the table yet. “



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