British field strong force for Chantilly

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Britain is likely to be strongly represented in Sunday's Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby) at Chantilly, whether or not Celtic Swing is supplemented to the race on Thursday.

British stables provided 10 of the 19 acceptors at yesterday's forfeit stage for a race British yards have won in the last six years with Old Vic and Sanglamore.

A forecast of softish going has encouraged John Dunlop, who will be represented by Feilden Stakes-fourth Indian Light. "I wouldn't be confident of beating Celtic Swing if he is entered but I hope Indian Light will give a good account," Dunlop said.

Richard Hannon relies on Lingfield Derby Trial fifth Commoner, with his other acceptor Stiffelio a probable absentee. Prix Lupin winner Flemensfirth is the more likely runner of John Gosden's pair as Presenting is regarded as a top-of-the-ground specialist. Godolphin Racing are likely to pay 250,000 francs to supplement Dante Stakes winner Classic Cliche.

Prix du Jockey Club acceptors: Madaiyn, Rifapour, Istidaad, Affidavit, Annus Mirabilis, Flemensfirth, In Camera, Stelvio, Winged Love, Salmon Ladder, Walk On Mix, Diamond Mix, Commoner, Stiffelio, Hard Brave, Presenting, Indian Light, Fifty Four, Poliglote.