Prix de l'Abbaye: ParisLongchamp return still the plan for Mo Celita as Adrian Nicholls retains faith in filly

Trainer Adrian Nicholls believes Mo Celita remains on an 'upward curve' despite defeat in Group Three Prix du Petit Couvert on Sunday; connections still hoping to return to ParisLongchamp next month before discussing future plans

Rising sprint star Mo Celita
Image: Rising sprint star Mo Celita was defeated in the Prix du Petit Couvert on Sunday

Mo Celita remains on course for the Prix de l'Abbaye at ParisLongchamp following a creditable effort in defeat there on Sunday.

Despite the ground being on the fast side and having an unfavourable wide draw, the Adrian Nicholls-trained filly stuck on well to take fourth place behind Berneuil in the Group Three Prix du Petit Couvert.

Connections will be hoping the conditions and draw will be kinder for the five-furlong feature on October 3.

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"We got back last night. She's come out of it good. I thought she ran a blinder on ground that was probably on the quicker side for her and a draw that was on the outside and hard to win from," said Nicholls.

"Take nothing away from the winner, who won well. He was the one with the best form of the French, but she's done us proud again.

"I'm not saying she'd have beaten the winner but if she had a better draw, and a bit more juice in the ground, she'd have been in the first three.

"The round track was beautiful ground but the straight track was quick. They don't water it as they don't use it very often.

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"She's still in the Abbaye. We'll just monitor the weather. At the moment it doesn't look like there's a lot of rain but that can change.

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"There are a few other options - a fillies' Listed race at Newmarket and another race in France. The main aim is to go out there for the Abbaye and then to discuss with (owners) Mr (David) Redvers and Mr (David) Howden if she is going to stay in training or what the plans are.

"She's still on an upward curve. I was chuffed to bits with her. She's entitled to go for the Abbaye. She has proven that."

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