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Cheval Grand Targeting King George

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Cheval Grand (Jpn) (Heart’s Cry {Jpn}), the 2017 G1 Japan Cup winner and most recently runner-up to Old Persian (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) in the G1 Dubai Sheema Classic on Mar. 30, is targeting the July 27 G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth S. at Ascot.

Cheval Grand will try to improve upon the performance of his sire Heart’s Cry, who was third in Britain’s midsummer showpiece, in 2006, and Cheval Grand’s trainer Yasuo Tomomichi said he recently had a call with Heart’s Cry’s trainer Kojiro Hashiguchi.

“It is a great honour for me to send a runner for such a prestigious race at Ascot and I am very excited,” said Tomomichi.

“Cheval Grand’s sire Heart’s Cry ran very bravely in the King George in 2006, finishing third behind Hurricane Run and Electrocutionist. In fact, I recently had a call from Kojiro Hashiguchi, the trainer of Heart’s Cry who stopped training two years ago, and he has given me some useful advice. I would like to win the King George for Japan.”

Cheval Grand could face horses like Waldgeist (GB) (Galileo {Ire}), Sea of Class (Ire) (Sea the Stars {Ire}) and Magical (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) in the King George.

 

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