Montjeu flies out for Breeders' Cup

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The participation of Montjeu in Saturday's Breeders' Cup remains up in the air even though the horse left John Hammond's Chantilly stable yesterday to fly to Kentucky.

The participation of Montjeu in Saturday's Breeders' Cup remains up in the air even though the horse left John Hammond's Chantilly stable yesterday to fly to Kentucky.

Doreen Tabor, wife of Montjeu's owner, Michael, said: "The horse is on the plane. Whether he runs is the second question, but I am sure they will sort it out when he gets there."

Connections have paid $60,000 to secure a place in the field and will have to pay a further $120,000 by 10am on Wednesday if the horse is to run.

The decision to delay the retirement of last year's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner was prompted by impressive work on Friday, when he drew six lengths clear of two companions.

Ladbrokes quote Montjeu as the 4-1 joint favourite along with Kalinisi, his Champion Stakes conqueror, for the Turf.

Gerard Butler's Reduit finished second, beaten a length by Sagacity, in yesterday's Criterium de Saint-Cloud, the last Group One race in Europe this year. Sligo Bay did best of Aidan O'Brien's pair in third with stablemate Leopard Spot fifth and Mick Channon's Samara Middle East sixth of the eight.

* Today's cards at Nottingham and Redcar are in doubt and subject to morning inspections.

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