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Proven mudlark Make A Challenge ready for Battaash test in Abbaye

If the brilliant Battaash is to win his second Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp on Sunday, he will have to beat a proven mudlark who he has never faced before after Denis Hogan confirmed Make A Challenge will be on his way to France. 

The 'very soft' going description after 19mm of rain on Sunday will be music to the ears of Hogan as five of Make A Challenge’s ten career wins have either come on soft or soft to heavy.

According to Racing Post Ratings, the five-year-old’s best ever display arrived in the Listed Testimonial Stakes at the Curragh last year and that was on soft to heavy ground.

Punters have certainly cottoned on to the fact that Make A Challenge will relish Sunday's conditions as he is now as short as 7-1 having been a double-figure price over the weekend. 

Hogan said: "Make A Challenge is all set for the Prix de l'Abbaye and will travel over on Wednesday. He'll stop off at Lingfield for the day and then get going in the tunnel. We're really looking forward to it and the forecast looks as though we could get some soft ground, which would obviously be a positive." 

The young trainer, who tragically lost star sprinter Sceptical earlier in the season, is going to allow Joe Doyle to keep the ride too. He has been on board for eight of Make A Challenge's ten wins. 

Hogan added: "Joe [Doyle] was a bit disappointed with his run at the Curragh last time but I wasn't. I think the drying ground counted against him and his draw meant that he was away from where all the action was happening. He didn't run too badly. Joe knows him very well and will ride him again in France."

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