Horse Racing Tips: 4 to fly at ParisLongchamp on Sunday

Our man on the ground Jason Kiely serves up four French fancies.



*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

A completely different looking situation to last weekends Group 1 card at Chantilly, where the emphasis was on top-flight, established animals. Sunday’s mammoth ten-race card at ParisLongchamp offers plenty of punting options for those looking to get involved.


The three listed races look like being played out by the market leaders, while the feature, the Group 3 La Coupe is a definite each-way punters race. I have a selection in all four… Allez!!

12:23 Epic Poet (NAP)

I know a few guys involved with the Jean-Claude Rouget stable and believe me, this horse has been on everyone’s shortlist for some time now. EPIC POET is undefeated in two runs and hold some pretty sexy entries over the coming months, with connections dreaming of Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe glory.

A son of Lope De Vega, Epic Poet has scared off plenty of the early entries for this race and only faces four rivals. The three-year-old should have no problem with a potentially tactical race, as his most recent victory came in a very small field too, where he produced a sub 10.5s, second-last furlong when blitzing to success.

Going for a hat-trick at the course, the unbeaten Epic Poet looks certain to score on Sunday and even with he forecast soft ground, he should show that electric turn of foot once more.



13:33 Viareggio

Jessie Harrington sends across two raiders for Sunday’s card, with VIAREGGIO looking like the yard’s main hope of a winner. Third in a Goodwood Listed race three weeks ago, Viareggio faces an inconsistent bunch of rivals on Sunday and could be worth reinvesting in.

As we have seen so often before, French Listed races are often on an uneven par with UK and Irish races so, with this in mind, Viareggio may be able to convert her Goodwood third to a ParisLongchamp first. The soft ground is sure to suit and the booking of Stephane Pasquier is eye catching.

Of her seven rivals, Ataared looks the standout, although the strength of her form is still under scrutiny, while Francis Graffard’s Tariyana falls under the ‘could be anything’ category and may simply just be better than the rest. Either way, Viareggio should give us an excellent run for our money at a nice price.

14:50 Osmose (NB)

OSMOSE is taking a major drop in class since her ninth place finish in the French 1000 Guineas, although the result does not reflect the misfortune the filly endured throughout. Held up, she never saw daylight until two furlongs out, where she ran on strongly to the line.

Her fourth placed finish in a Group 3 on her previous start indicates that Osmose should be able to find an opportunity at Listed level. A daughter of Zoffany, the three-year-old is almost guaranteed to appreciate the softer going and with only ten runners, traffic issues can be avoided.

Jean-Claude Rouget spoke highly of her after her first two successes, and with the unbeaten Sun Flare (form questionable) sure to be heavily punted, followers of Osmose may be able to take advantage of a slightly larger price than expected.



15:25 Monty (each way)

Firstly, I think that Hurricane Dream should win the race and I wouldn’t put anyone off getting stuck in. Secondly, this is a very tentative each-way selection, but the open nature of the race allows for a bit of outside box thinking.

MONTY is seven years of age and has rarely run a bad race throughout his career. A three-time listed winner, he has always fallen slightly short at the top level but could take minor honours here. Yet to score at ParisLongchamp (although fourth in a Group 1 at the track) Monty looks to have a lot in his favour on Sunday and won’t mind the softer going.

I think that if Olivier Peslier rides him to finish in the three, then he is an extremely solid each-way proposition and is good enough to pick up the pieces at the business end, should some of his main rivals underperform

Sunday ParisLongchamp tips

12:23 Epic Poet (NAP)
13:33 Viareggio
14:50 Osmose (NB)
15:25 Monty (each way)

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