Racing: Slickly too slippery for Chantilly rivals

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THE HOME team for the Prix du Jockey-Club at Chantilly tomorrow may be lacking in numbers but its four members are likely to hold off a second-rate challenge from Britain and Ireland that will be depleted further if Tchaikovsky and Rhagaas follow the rain to Epsom.

Nowhere To Exit - supplemented by John Dunlop at a cost of pounds 26,911 - and Royal Rebel are the other British runners among a field of eight - the smallest since 1991 - for the Group One pounds 269,107 event. They are unlikely to get the better of the Andre Fabre-trained Slickly, the mount of Oliver Peslier, who is likely to start favourite following his impressive triumph in the Prix Noailles.

Frankie Dettori, who is booked for Rhagaas, earlier attempts to win the Group One pounds 43,057 Prix Jean Prat for the third successive year, this time aboard the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Slip Stream.

His five rivals include Barry Hills's Golden Snake, who finished ahead of Slip Stream when the pair were second and third to Salford Express in the Dante Stakes.

At Belmont Park, New York, tonight, Charismatic attempts to become the 12th American Triple Crown winner. The D Wayne Lukas charge is in line to follow up his Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes victories in the Belmont Stakes.

Menifee, runner-up to Charismatic in both the earlier Classics, is again the main danger. The Elliott Walden-trained colt was unlucky not have to have won the Kentucky Derby, but was then strictly second best in the slightly shorter Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.

n Richard Dunwoody rode Spring Salute to finish second to Popular Gigalo in the Grade One Meadowbrook Steeplechase at Belmont Park with Tony McCoy fifth on Eric Bee.