We know KENBAIO performs well in sprint contests. He has been winning better races then this and he returns for his first run since November with a good chance. Simply Striking was promising last year having finished the season filling placings in stronger events. Wind Test raced consistently during winter and holds claims. Forza Capitano will appreciate the big drop back from Group company, so expect improvement.
LETTYT FIGHT will find this to his liking having won two races on the all-weather, including over this distance and has been going well in better contests. He is our horse to beat. Abello has produced some good efforts in maidens and this event is easier. Forever Coco hasn’t been faraway of late, but today’s journey is the query. The Room could fill a placing.
TAKEDOWN was able to lead at Lyon and if given an easy time might prove hard to run down. Just For Dream disappointed on handicap debut however this is easier and you would expect some improvement. Best of the rest are Moremi and Trou Aux Biches.
Good quality race with many chances. However, ROCQUEMONT holds strong form in condition races. The colt is on a big weight, but maintains a good record over the journey and with a top jockey booked, he is one of the leading chances. Dathanna has been racing black type events and can go close to the lead, so take an each-way gamble. Zavrinka ran home well in a Listed event at Longchamp on May 11 and comes in favorably. Alfieri won the past three attempts, however faces a strong field and a rise in grade.
On Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere form of last year, you’d have to think that Victor Ludorum would take all the beating here. But, while he does have some excuses for his modest effort in the Prix de Fontainebleau three weeks ago, it wasn’t a performance that really caught the eye. ECRIVAIN, who was ahead of the Godolphin colt last month, may have beaten The Summit had he gained an untroubled passage and is fancied to take this contest. Alson is the tempting alternative, but a lack of a recent start may just be against him.
Even though she’s yet to tackle a Group race, SIMEEN appeals as the type who will handle herself at the top level. Nicely bred, she should be finishing strongly inside the final furlong and can remain unbeaten. Tropbeau appeared to leave any stamina concerns behind when winning the 1m Prix de la Grotte recently, but it’ll be no huge shock if either Dream And Do or Tickle Me Green reverse placings here considering how close they got at Longchamp. Marieta has the class to be a big factor, while Speak Of The Devil is a threat if taking another step forward.
This has a small field, however it’s a good group of runners. On form the two to fight out the finish are DAWN INTELLO and Vienne, as both have a similar profile and race record. They are hard to split. Salesman is a maiden but may surprise. Both Hellenistique and EpIsodia hold claims.
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This is an intriguing contest, with just five runners set for starters orders. The two to look out for are Deryan and our selection MELABI. Thomas Fourcy’s colt has been placed twice in the past in two Group 1 contests and should be right in the shake you in the closing stage of this.
ALE TANGO doesn’t win often, however the past two outings has placed on the AW over this trip. Not seen since February, but if fit is a good chance. Andrea Doria is close to a victory and the AW suits. Emmasamiclau delivered an improved third last start in a similar race and may progress again. Always Somewhere looks consistent, while Lady Arkadina found success in latest over 2000m and has been upped in weight. HUave a gander at them each-way.
There are many chances in the lucky last. KENZOHOPE put in a good run last start at Vichy when beaten by just 2L and may progress. Where Is Charlie is the horse to beat following her latest second at Longchamp. Silver Placis ran well most recently and might go forward again. Dionysos performed favorably at Longchamp two outings back and may sit on the pace. Georginela produced an AW second in December and is not the roughest.
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