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Sunday’s 10-race card at Chantilly not only boasts the €1,000,000 Group One Prix de Diane, there are also stacks of high-class animals light up the roster across the afternoon. As is common on these huge Group One weekends, the cream often rises to the top and it may pay to follow on some of our previous column winners.
The recent rain should provide a perfect playing field and with plenty of international runners, there are plenty of punting angles across the 10-race card. My NAP selection really broke my heart last time out, but I am willing to stick with him again here, now he’s dropped in grade.
BREIZH EAGLE is a horse I have followed all through the season and he was certainly the ‘eye-catcher’ of the race when storming home to finish third in the French 2,000 guineas. The son of Bow Creek was a perfect three from three until that defeat, but should get back on track in this much weaker event.
His trainer Joel Boisnard (typically known for his jumping exploits) holds this horse in enormous esteem, and he could add yet another black-type winner to what has already been an extremely successful season. He is by far the best horse in the race, and only a very slowly run affair would threaten his chances.
Eoghan O’Neill has been having a fine year with his two-year-olds and may have produced something special in the shape of SOLOTOV, who looked above average on when winning at this track on his debut.
The son of Invincible Spirit is pitched in against much stiffer competition this time and takes on horses from yards such as Wesley Ward, Kevin Ryan and Stephan Wattel. If Solotov can get the same quick break from an ideal draw in stall four, he could set this race alight and may even be good enough to score.
He holds some good future entries, looked smart on debut and could certainly be worth following throughout the season.
The feature of the afternoon, the Longines Prix de Diane sees 17 classy fillies go to post and at the prices it is worth giving RUMI a chance to better her sixth placing in the Prix Alary. The Carlos Laffon Parias-trained filly was still a bit green and slightly unbalanced all the way up the run in last time out, when trying to follow through the eventual winner.
Although she has some tough rivals to face here, Rumi has already shown form at the top level and remains entered in the Arc. Rumi is drawn well here and could find herself better placed than in the Alary, so could certainly be a nice each-way prospect at a nice price.
An incredibly progressive filly who is going for an incredible six in a row, SAGAMIYRA produced her best effort when stepping to Listed class at Chantilly last time out. Under the care of Chantilly trainer Mikael Delzangles, Sagamiyra now takes on the boys as she steps up to Group 3 level for the first time.
The daughter of Sea The Moon has gone from strength-to-strength and has progressed from her early exploits in the French provinces. The progress hasn’t stopped with this filly just yet as she steps back up to 1,600m. She should appreciate the return to that distance this weekend, although she does encounter the racecourse at Chantilly for the first time.
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