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The French 2000 Guineas (Poule d’Essai des Poulains) is the highlight of this Sunday’s fantastic card at ParisLongchamp.
There have been many talking points already surrounding this weekend’s French action (including the shock suspension of French Champion Jockey Pierre Charles Boudot, the rapidly deteriorating ground conditions and of course, the participation of both the male and female laureates of the English Guineas) and this top quality card offers plenty of interesting betting angles.
SAGAMIYRA takes a rather atypical route to this Listed race, having started her life out running in handicaps around the French provincial tracks. The Christophe Soumillon-ridden filly has now notched four successive victories in handicaps and absolutely demolished the field last time out when carrying top weight at Saint Cloud.
This a step up in class here and she will have to take a step forward, but I reckon that Sagamiyra could be a very good filly and has been well campaigned by connections.
His lack of experience around this racecourse shouldn’t be an issue as ROC ANGEL has been a yard mascot for the Fabrice Chappet operation for some years now. A solid Listed performer, I believe that Roc Angel is very well weighted to go close in what is a very tight knit premier handicap.
Jockey Stephane Pasquier is the ‘go-to’ man in these type of events and Roc Angel should have no problem with the softer conditions. If he reproduces his recent second placed effort, then the seven-year-old shouldn’t be too far away off this mark. He’s a great each-way bet in my opinion.
Coming from the shrewd Brandt operation in Chantilly, POLICY OF TRUTH was breathtakingly good last time out under an ultra-cool ride from jockey Maxime Guyon. It is difficult to say if Policy Of Truth has the level to win a French Guineas, but the visual impression was very satisfying and some of the horses he beat re-oppose here.
A draw in stall five will help the son of Siyouni settle into the early part of the race and I really believe he has the most potential in the field. Connections have always ear-marked him as a Group One horse, and he will certainly be carrying some of my euros this Sunday. This the horse I am looking forward to seeing most on the card.
I noted PHILOMENE down as “Guineas winner” the second she crossed the line in what was a hugely impressive success at Saint Cloud four weeks ago. A sister of the fabulous Magic Wand, Philomene dominated affairs over a longer trip and showed an exciting turn of foot in the hands of Mickael Barzalona. She can collect the fillies version of the French Guineas for sure.
There are no issues with her draw in stall six, I expect Philomene to be ridden not too far from the head of the race and connections will most likely make use of her proven stamina. Although, she is the most inexperienced of the field, Philomene’s trainer Andre Fabre has taken the decision to leave her take her chance and that alone must be taken as a huge positive.
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