* All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change.
After a week of scorching temperatures here in Paris, we can expect perfect ground conditions for Sunday’s afternoon card at ParisLongchamp – an extreme contrast to a fortnight ago and this certainly makes reading the races much easier.
There are some fantastic Listed and Group races on throughout the afternoon and with over eight runners in some of the feature races, there can be some great opportunities for each-way players too. My NAP of the card looks especially well placed, and I reckon that my dark horse could be worth following as the season goes on.
After an honourable fifth in the French 2000 Guineas last month, the Andre Fabre-trained PARCHEMIN looks to have been handed the ideal opportunity to get back to winning ways in Sunday’s opener. The son of Lope de Vega was successful in both starts as a two-year-old, and finished only two lengths behind last week’s French Derby winner St Mark’s Basilica in that French Guineas.
Although Parchemin steps up in distance here, he takes a considerable drop in class and on official ratings is well clear of his five rivals. His pedigree suggests that the step up to 2,000m will benefit the colt and he should take this contest easily before having a crack at next month’s Group One Grand Prix de Paris.
Trained more or less across the road from the NAP selection, the three-year-old filly DOLIA looks one of the more interesting runners on the card and can make a successful transition into Listed company on only her second start.
Although a master of the trade, Dolia’s trainer Alain de Royer Dupre would not be known for sending out too many first time out winners and generally leaves the fillies learn their trade on the racecourse, so it is worth noting that Dolia’s one length success on debut (over course and distance) is probably worth more than that winning margin in reality.
The daughter of Invincible Spirit (the dam also a Group One winner) showed a nice turn of foot to get the job done and should take all the beating in this fillies Listed race for owner/breeder the Aga Khan.
WELL AND TRULY is yet another promising filly to follow from upcoming Chantilly based trainer Gavin Hernon. The daughter of Teofilo has learned her trade quietly away over recent months and has gone from strength-to-strength since winning her maiden at Cholet.
Her most recent success at Chantilly came over 2,000m and was visually very pleasing to the eye, with jockey Hugo Journiac (who is injured and replaced by Theo Bachelot this weekend) only having to push Well And Truly out under hands and heels to the line.
The form of that race was boosted earlier this week (the second placed Babylone won impressively on Thursday) and Well and Truly looks a very progressive filly who should appreciate both the better ground, as well as the step up in trip for her in-form trainer Hernon.
- CHECK OUT OUR BRAND NEW SNAZZY RACECARDS FOR EVERY SINGLE RACE TODAY
- … THEN GET ALL THE WINNERS BEFORE ANYONE ELSE WITH OUR FAST RESULTS
- Gallop over to Paddy Power News for all the latest racing tips
- Horse Racing tips: Brendan Duke’s 5 fancies at Gowran & Downpatrick on Sunday