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In a complete contrast to last weekend, this Sunday we have some excellent Flat action from ParisLongchamp, where the Group One Prix d’Ispahan takes centre stage.
The ground has been officially described as ‘very soft’, but at the time of writing, the sun has been blaring over Paris and I am sure there will be perfect conditions for the nine-race card.
Keeping the drying ground in mind, I have selected a few who I believe will hit the money at healthy prices, but my NAP of the day comes in the Group One Prix d’Ispahan and should take the world of beating.
He is far from a certainty, but Chantilly trainer Phillpe Decouz has the talented GO ATHLETICO extremely well placed in the Group Three Prix du Palais Royal. Getting the three-year-old allowance (four of the last 10 winners were three-year-olds), the son of Goken is set to carry only 55kgs, over his favourite 1,400m trip.
Go Athletico showed oceans of promise throughout last season, but left followers with some doubts following a lacklustre comeback run. An excellent third (behind two much higher rated rivals) on his second run of the year quickly silenced those who doubted him, and I reckon that Go Athletico could be peaking at the perfect moment for his shrewd trainer.
Southern-based trainer Jerome Renyier has had his squad in tremendous form in recent weeks and will be hoping that stable star SKALETTI can clinch a maiden Group One success in the Prix d’Ispahan. The six-year-old has gone from strength-to-strength and has won 13 of his 19 lifetime starts.
A master over the extended mile, Skaletti – a son of Kendargent – should adapt perfectly to the Ispahan distance of 1850m and can get the job done. Gerald Mosse takes the reins on Skaletti (replacing the suspended Pierre Charles Boudot) in what will be the gelding’s third start at Group 1 level. The main opponent The Revenant looks to be struggling to find his form this season and all signs point to a first top-flight success for the admirable Skaletti.
Top trainer Francis-Henri Graffard wouldn’t have many horses rated 33 (72 in UK) in his care, but DESTINADO looks capable of exploiting this low mark now stepped up in trip. The son of Lope De Vega was denied by only a head on his handicap debut and the track at ParisLongchamp looks sure to suit the colts running style.
Destinado is drawn in Stall 15, so will have to bide his time before an attack. But, he does have the assistance of evergreen Oliver Peslier in the saddle. If he does happen to win this weekend, I reckon that Destinado is one for the tracker and could rack up a sequence over these marathon trips.
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