Racing: Diane aim for Boutin

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FRANCOIS BOUTIN'S attempt to pull off a clean sweep in the French Classics will rest with Accommodating in the Prix de Diane (French Oaks) at Chantilly on Sunday.

Third to Intrepidity, the Oaks winner, last time out, the filly aims to emulate Kingmambo, Madeleine's Dream and Hernando who have carried off France's 1,000 Guineas, 2,000 Guineas and Derby for Boutin and Cash Asmussen.

Accommodating was among 15 acceptors yesterday for the race in which the only British-based challenge will come from Dayflower, now registered with Henry Cecil after having begun the season with Satish Seemar in Dubai. The John Gosden-trained Felawnah and Paul Cole's Brightside were withdrawn yesterday.

John Whyte was yesterday fined pounds 350 by the Jockey Club's disciplinary committee after the trainer's Child Of The Mist tested positive for a prohibited substance when winning at Towcester in February. The committee was satsified that the source was a substance being administered to another horse in Whyte's yard.

Lyric Fantasy is now 2-1 favourite (from 5-2) with William Hill for the King's Stand Stakes at Ascot on Friday week. Paris House is 5-1 from 11-2.

Mary Reveley is making good progress in South Tees Hospital after being admitted last weekend with severe stomach pains.