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URBAN SEA, the winner of last year's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, makes her seasonal debut on Monday. She is pencilled in for the Group Two Prix d'Harcourt at Longchamp's first meeting of the new Flat season.

The spotlight shifts to Maisons-Laffitte on Tuesday when the two featured races are the Prix Imprudence for three-year-old fillies and the Prix Djebel for three-year-old colts.

Both races are regarded as important trials for the French and English Classics. Coup de Genie, last season's star French juvenile filly, will have her preparatory race for the 1,000 Guineas in the Imprudence.

Signe Divin, who is on target for the 2,000 Guineas, has nine expected rivals, including the Dewhurst Stakes sixth Pyschobabble, in the colts' trial.

Interest in the home-trained Classic contenders yesterday centred on Fairy Heights, cut to 10-1 from 12-1 for the 1,000 Guineas with Sporting Index, and Bulaxie, who contracted from 33-1 to 20-1 joint favouritism for the Oaks with the same firm. John Dunlop's filly won a Listed event at Newmarket on her final start last season.

Walter Swinburn will travel tomorrow to Germany for two rides. He is set to partner Maktoum Al Maktoum's Latubaali in a one mile Listed event and the highly-rated home-trained horse Royal Abjar in a maiden race at Mulheim.

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