The painstaking wait is finally over as ParisLongchamp kicks off an action-packed ten-race card due to get started at 9.55. Unsurprisingly there was a colossal amount of entries, which in turn has left us with a star-studded line-up, including ‘Arc’ third Sottsass and French Guineas favourite Victor Ludorum.
With those two sure to go off long odds-on favourites for their respectable assignments I have decided to go further afield for my four best bets of the day.
Bought for €180,000 at the breeze-ups in Deauville last spring, the Andre Fabre trained filly wasted no time paying back her connections when racking up three successive victories in little over a month last summer, the third of which was a breathtaking performance in Group Two Prix du Calvados at Deauville.
She rounded off her season with an excellent third in the Group One Cheveley Park at Newmarket. Her obvious liking for soft ground should prove a massive advantage as there has been plenty of rain around Paris this weekend and the ground will be testing.
The obvious questions to ask should be; Has she trained on? And will she handle the step up in trip?
If the answer to these is yes then I cannot see many of the field getting close to her, apart from possibly Khayzarann who posted some good performances last term. Andre Fabre has a fabulous record in this race, having won four of the ten previous running’s which only adds fuel to the fire for TROPBEAU who is my NAP of the meeting.
I expect her to win before going on to line-up for the French 1000 Guineas in Longchamp in three weeks’ time.
A filly that I enjoyed following through the ranks last term, she won three races from five starts and personally I think that we haven’t seen the best of her yet. WASMYA is trained by Francis-Henri Graffard in Chantilly who has proved a master with fillies (Watch Me Royal Ascot ’19).
Her last run of the 2019 season was in a Group One on Arc day and while she merited her place in the field she was just found out a bit and finished eighth. Back into a Listed race here I think she should be good enough to go very close before hopefully going on to better things.
Obvious dangers would have to be Alzire and also Spinning Memories (who disappointed on comeback but is the highest rated in the field).
As an ex-jumps jockey, I obviously couldn’t leave out the fact that there is an incredible card at Compiegne in the late afternoon/evening. Ten runners of hugely varying ability line up for the ‘Prix William Head’ including Grade One winner Feu Follet, who evidently is going to prove hard to beat especially as he receives weight from almost half his rivals.
I think the value in the field is without doubt COBRA DE LARRE who has been nothing short of a revelation since joining the upcoming stable of David Cottin and looks capable of picking up a big one this season.
Winner of two of his last three starts and with his strong running style and bold jumping I am sure he should finish in the frame and possibly win if Feu Follet flops(occasionally happened last season).
While it is always difficult to pick our way through a field full of debutants, Law of Attraction stands out in this race. He should be well-schooled and know his job coming from the powerful stable of Guillaume Macaire. He is related to plenty of winners and it would be no surprise to see him tackling bigger things after this.
Personally I would be keen on doubling up Law Of Attraction and Tropbeau, they would be my two best bets of the day.