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Australia on horizon for Longchamp winner Lazzat

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Australia could be on the horizon for Lazzat, successful in Sunday’s Prix Paul de Moussac at Longchamp.

Racecourse : Longchamp (France).
Racecourse : Longchamp (France). Picture: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Unbeaten in five starts, Lazzat added a second Group 3 success in the Prix Paul de Moussac under jockey Antonoio Orani and will be targeted at Goodwood's summer meeting in late July. The gelding will be aiming to emulate former stable star Facteur Cheval, who finished second behind Paddington in last year's Group 1 Sussex Stakes.

In an interview with Sky Sports Racing, Reynier said: "It is amazing to keep the horse unbeaten.

"On his fifth start, Facteur Cheval lost his unbeaten record in Deauville, so we wanted to do better than Facteur Cheval and I hope for Lazzat he will have the same future.

"He will probably be going to England now to Goodwood. There is the Lennox or Sussex Stakes, or we can keep him in France for the Prix Maurice de Gheest, because he won over the straight course at Deauville in the Prix Djebel. He would have to face some really good sprinters in the Prix Maurice de Gheest.

"It's really tricky to bring a horse to the boil every two months for a big race, but we didn't have much choice, it was either this or the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot. Because he has the French premiums, financially it wasn't a bad move to stay in France.

"He is a gelding so he is not eligible for the Prix Jean Prat unfortunately, so he will have to wait for England or the Prix Maurice de Gheest."

Although Goodwood remains the primary target for Lazzat, Reynier is anticipating a trip to Australia could be on the cards with owner Nurlan Bizakov keen to try their luck in Sydney.

"He could have a big target at the end of the year and I know his owner would love to take him to Sydney for the Golden Eagle," added Reynier.

"But that is very far away and we will see after his next start how good he will really be."

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