Racing: Asian Maze on the path of Auteuil prize

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Asian Maze is reported to be in fine form ahead of her run in the Prix la Barka at Auteuil tomorrow. The seven-year-old mare attempts to complete a hat-trick in the Group Two event at the Paris track after emphatic wins in the Aintree Hurdle and the Punchestown Champion Stayers' Hurdle.

"She travelled over on Wednesday morning and arrived safely," her trainer, Tom Mullins, said. "Everything's 100 per cent and we're looking forward to Sunday.

"The ground is soft there at the moment. I'd prefer it to be a bit better, but that would be OK."

Asian Maze's performance in the two and a three-quarter mile contest will help the Co Kilkenny trainer decide whether to take her back to Auteuil for the French Champion Hurdle next month.

"The French Champion Hurdle is an extra couple of furlongs, so that might put us off," he added.

Day Flight is the only British-trained challenger in tomorrow's Grosser Mercedes-Benz-Preis at Baden-Baden. John Gosden's five-year-old won a Sandown Group Three on his seasonal bow and will try to follow up in this Group Two contest over a mile and three furlongs.

The Sadler's Wells horse will be partnered by Jimmy Fortune.