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There is a rather international feel to Sunday’s card to Chantilly’s fantastic nine-race card, where the feature race – the Group Two Darley Prix Robert Papin – has gone to an English-trained runner for the last seven years. My NAP comes in the feature, and yes you’ve guessed it! He’s English trained!
There are some excellent punting opportunities across the supporting card also, where the ground looks like it will be on the better side of soft and this week it could be interesting to put them all in a Lucky 15 as they all have big chances.
I have been strong on this horse before, and I believe that it is wrong to write him off just yet. Joel Boisnard’s BREIZH EAGLE may have been a little disappointing when last seen, but his run in the French Guineas must not be forgotten. The three-year-old has plenty of speed and may be able to steal a run on some of his rivals here.
Obviously, it is difficult to say that he will beat Victor Ludorum or even Kenway, but with a 3.5kg pull at the weights, Breizh Eagle could be the surprise package of the day – especially if the race develops into a sprint.
He looked absolutely electric when demolishing the field in the Group Three Prix du Bois at Chantilly last month and Kevin Ryan’s two-year-old ATOMIC FORCE looks almost impossible to beat in Sunday’s feature.
The son of Cotai Glory seems like the fastest thing we have seen here in France all season and I would expect him to be taking this by a couple of lengths – despite having some sterner competition to contend with this weekend.
Stephane Pasquier retains the ride on this rocket and it they can bounce out from stall seven, like they did when making all last month. They can make it eight in-a-row for UK-based trainers in this race.
She has run a blinder on her last two starts at Group One level and now dropped back to Group Three here in the Prix Chloe, ROUGIR can get a deserved victory. Trained by Charly Rossi, Rougir has been formidable this season and returns to a preferred distance this weekend. She was beaten just over a length in the Prix de Diane here at Chantilly, and she also won on her debut at the course.
She was rock solid last season and a drop back down in class will do this daughter of Territories the world of good. She is the highest rated filly in the field and should hold her own here.
Although she needs to reverse the form with Nationalista (who runs again here), I reckon that CONTROL TOWER can play a big role in this Listed race. Her trainer Nicolas Clement has been in unstoppable form in recent weeks and a return to a more conventional track like Chantilly will play to this filly’s strengths.
She had an excellent run the last day at Compiegne behind some good rivals of the opposite sex, which definitely adds fuel to the fire. Given a positive ride and with the weight swing, she has a great chance of getting one up on her old rival Nationalista.
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