Horse Racing Tips: 3 for glee at Chantilly on French Derby day

Our man in France Jason Kiely serves up his Sunday selections.

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What a weekend of Classic action we have been treated to! Following on from a stunning Epsom showpiece, the French Derby or “Prix Du Jockey Club” is the feature on Sundays massive card at Chantilly.

A strong field of fifteen go to post for the big one, but with a rich history of British and Irish trained winners in the race, it looks difficult to side with anything other than my NAP, who heads up my three selections on a wonderful afternoon of sport.

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13:00 Anne Karenne (each way)

What a great way to kick start such a big day, with nine two-year-olds (seven last time out winners) hurtling down the Chantilly five-furlong track for the Listed Prix La Fleche! Now, I don’t know what the six behind her will amount to in the future, but ANNE KARENNE absolutely battered her rivals when making a winning debut over five furlongs last month and looks a lively outsider for Sunday’s contest.

A sister to two black-type placed two-year-olds, the filly looked like a speed machine with some steering issues on debut, but once in the clear she sprinted to a five-length success. With no bend to negotiate this time, Didier Guillemin’s filly could go even faster at Chantilly on Sunday and owing to her slightly less sexy profile than some of the main protagonists, we may be able to take advantage of a potentially nice each-way price with Anne Karenne here.

14:20 Fenelon (NB)

A resurgent force this season following a couple of lean years, Chantilly trainer Nicholas Clement will be hoping that his Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe entry FENELON can continue his path to stardom with a win in Sundays Group 2 Grand Prix de Chantilly. Clement won this race back in 2013 with Now We Can and has always been honest about his Group 1 expectations for the lightly raced Fenelon.

Prior to suffering a small injury which stalled his progress, the now four-year-old Fenelon put up a breath-taking performance at Listed level last term and with his hold-up style of running, this field should suit as a strong pace is expected. On just his fourth career start, the colt made a winning return to action last month following just over a year on the side-lines and if connections are serious about an Arc bid in October Fenelon should land this Group 2 contest.

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15:00 Modern Games (NAP)

Looking sure to suit the step up to 1m2f when capturing the French 2000 Guineas three weeks ago, the dual Group 1 winner MODERN GAMES looks difficult to oppose in Sunday’s feature. With a Breeders Cup and French Guineas already on his CV, the colt goes in search of his third successive victory at Group 1 level for the all-conquering trainer Charlie Appleby.

With Appleby’s raids on France becoming increasingly more frequent, Modern Games could land a first French Derby for the trainer, despite his disadvantageous draw in stall 13 of 15. The colt comes into the race far superiorly rated than most of his 14 rivals and William Buick’s only concern should be ensuring a brisk start from Modern Games, as the Jockey Club is often won by those to the fore in the early stages.

Chantilly tips on Sunday

13:00 Anne Karenne (each way)
14:20 Fenelon (NB)
15:00 Modern Games (NAP)

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