Big sprint acceptors

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A field of 10 was declared yesterday for the Group One Prix de Maurice de Gheest over six furlongs and 110 yards at Deauville on Sunday.

The only withdrawal from the event yesterday was the John Dunlop-trained July Cup third Indian Rocket.

Monaassib (trained by Ed Dunlop), Deadly Dudley (Richard Hannon), Abou Zouz (David Loder) and Godolphin's Kahal all stood their ground.

The six home acceptors are led by Criquette Head's Cheveley Park Stakes winner Pas de Reponse, who has not appeared since finishing fourth in the 1,000 Guineas and is therefore stepping down in trip.

Mme Head has also left in Occupandiste. The remaining home acceptors are Winning Smile, Titus Livius, Wardara and Nombre Premier.