08/21/2008 11:00PM

Lui Rei poses threat to Naaqoos in Prix Morny


Freddy Head seeks a clean sweep of all four of Deauville's Group 1 prizes on Sunday when he sends out Naaqoos in the $520,000 Prix Morny, a six-furlong dash for 2-year-olds.

Naaqoos, owned by Hamdan al-Maktoum, was a winner first time out over the Morny course and distance on Aug. 2, but his time that day was 1:21.50, painfully slow even considering the soft ground. On Sunday the going will be good and could favor Lui Rei, the Italian-bred winner of the Group 2 Prix Robert Papin, or the front-running Classic Blade, winner of the Group 2 July Stakes at Newmarket.

Lord Shanakill makes a live dark horse off his sharp second in Goodwood's always revealing Group 2 Vintage Stakes, while Exceptional Art exudes precociousness after his six-length maiden debut score at Windsor for Peter Chapple-Hyam.

Not to be overlooked is Silver Frost, who won the Group 3 Prix de Cabourg over the Morny course and distance last time on Aug. 3.