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Prix Morny: Persian Force set for France trip in bid for Group One glory after proving no match for Little Big Bear

Persian Force has won three of his five career starts, beaten only by Bradsell in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot and by Little Big Bear in the Phoenix at the Curragh; Mojo Star aimed at autumn campaign after hard race in Gold Cup at Ascot

Rossa Ryan guides Persian Force home in the July Stakes
Image: Rossa Ryan guides Persian Force home in the July Stakes

Persian Force will get another chance to bid for Group One glory in the Prix Morny at Deauville.

So impressive in winning the Brocklesby at Doncaster and a conditions race at Newbury on his first two starts, Richard Hannon's youngster met with defeat for the first time when runner-up to Bradsell in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Having since bounced back to winning ways in Newmarket's July Stakes, hopes were high ahead of his Group One debut in Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh - but while he turn the tables on Bradsell, he was ultimately no match for the brilliant winner Little Big Bear.

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Hannon is hoping he can go one better in France on August 21.

"He came back in good shape and all being well we'll head to the Prix Morny," said the trainer.

"He ran a good race in Ireland. I didn't think there was a two-year-old that could beat him seven lengths, but there we are."

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Jockey Rossa Ryan is not giving up on Phoenix Stakes runner-up Persian Force after being thrashed by Aidan O'Brien's 'monster' Little Big Bear.

The Everleigh handler also provided an update on Mojo Star, who has not been seen in competitive action since splitting Kyprios and Stradivarius in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot in June.

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With the son Of Sea The Stars having taken a while to recover from those exertions on what was his seasonal bow, he is now being prepared for an autumn return.

Kyprios holds off Mojo Star to win the Ascot Gold Cup
Image: Kyprios holds off Mojo Star to win the Ascot Gold Cup

Hannon added: "Mojo Star had a hard race at Ascot and it took a lot out of him.

"The Gold Cup was a hard race and it was his first run back, so we are looking an autumn campaign."

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