Horse Racing Tips: Our French fancies at Chantilly on Sunday

Jason Kiely guides us through the best of the action across the Channel.

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As is so often the case on big Group 1 race days in France, we are treated to TEN race card with over 110 runners at Chantilly this Sunday, where the French Oaks (Prix de Diane) is the big one. Big fields mean big punting opportunities and Sunday’s card just offers that!

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I hope a couple of you were on Monty at 6/1 last weekend and I’ll be hoping from something similar this Sunday, as I have THREE huge selections across the afternoon.

12:30 Erevann (NAP)

Although there are ten races across the afternoon, I think punters can get of to a flying start by piling into the Jean-Claude Rouget-trained EREVANN in the opener. In typical Rouget style, the three-year-old has bolted up in his first two starts, where he was miles better than the opposition and now Erevann can tackle Group 3 company on a confidence high.

A son of dual Group 1 and Royal Ascot winner Ervedya (who beat Found in the Coronation Stakes), Erevann looks a future champion on paper, especially when stepped up to a longer trip in time. The colt faces only three rivals, and it would be no surprise to see Christophe Soumillion make plenty of use of Erevann, despite the colt being the least experienced in the line-up. I think that if connections are serious in an Arc bid with him, then he needs to be winning this contest, even after almost three months off.

15:00 Nashwa (NB)

There is a huge field of eighteen heading to post for the €1,000,000 Group 1 Prix de Diane (or French Oaks) on Sunday afternoon but, despite the large number of runners, I think that NASHWA will take all the beating. There are quite a lot of fillies running in Sunday’s feature that are simply outclassed before the stalls open and I would be surprised if the race isn’t played out between Nashwa, Place Du Carrosel, Zellie and possibly Agave or Vedette.

English-trained runners have been extremely succesful in this contest over recent years, and it looks likely that John and Thady Gosden might plunder another French classic here. Drawn excellently in stall two, Holly Doyle’s mount has been a punter’s favourite throughout the build-up to this contest and if she can reproduce the performance she put in behind Tuesday and Emily Upjohn in the Epsom Oaks, then Nashwa should just win. Barring misfortune, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Nashwa win by a clear margin, especially as the going is officially soft for Sunday.

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16:55 Excelsior (each way)

After two relatively short (but sure) selections earlier on the card, it’s fair to say that we deserve a big-priced each-way shout. The Flavie Bresson-trained EXCELSIOR ticks plenty of boxes and it is possible that the three-year-old could go off the outsider of the field on Sunday.

This selection comes with no extreme confidence for win purposes, however, with the dead eight in the field we could still turn a profit if hitting a place. I have seen this horse plenty of times on the gallops, he is a beautiful staying prospect and will be better again in time. Young trainer Bresson knows the family well, as she trains Excelsior’s Listed winning brother Palpitator.

I think the market may have overlooked this horse and side with the bigger operations. He has done nothing wrong so far and I was massively taken with Excelsior’s win at Compiegne last time out, where he looked well up to trying stakes company. For me, I can see Excelsior finishing in the placings, should some of the big guns bomb and I think that Peslier will make plenty of use of him, especially if the races are being won from the front come Sunday afternoon.

Sunday’s horse racing tips

12:30 Erevann (NAP)
15:00 Nashwa (NB)
16:55 Excelsior (each way)

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