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Today we head to Paris, Longchamp to be exact where we have the French 1000 & 2000 Guineas along with a couple of Fillies’ Listed races & a Bonus of a race from Naas in Ireland…
Charlie & Chris have earned a day off, so Rich is with Jamie today to cover the French racing….
The going at Longchamp(Paris) is…. Good to Soft
12.58 Prix Maurice Zilber Listed Stakes (Fillies’) 4yo Plus – 7f…
Sagamiyra (Sea the Moon X Saghaniya 4yo filly).
Ran over 1m 3f on race course debut last August in a Clairefontaine maiden, finishing 6th of 11 & some 11 & 1/4 lengths behind the winner,
Was dropped in trip back to 1m in handicaps, winning 2 from 2 in October before having the winter off.
Made return on April 19th in a 1m Saint-Cloud handicap winning by 1 & 3/4 lengths, making it 3 wins from4 career starts & now drops back to 7f…. WINNER
1.33 Prix De LA Seine Fillies’ Listed Stakes – 3yo Only – 1m 3f….
Urbania – Sae the Stars X Plumania 3yo filly.
This is a step up in grade for my AOL/Twitter flat horse to follow selection.
Having finished a 10 length 4th on debut at Saint-Cloud(March 25th) over 1m 2f in a maiden, given an easy time behind winner Sibila Spain, who won again next time out at Lyon.
Headed to Fontainebleau on April 16th in a 1m 3f maiden for 3 year olds, winning by 3/4’s of a length from Ricla, who along with 3rd place Loire have both win next time out… UNPLACED
2.50 Poule D’Essai Des Poulains – 3yo Colts Only – Group 1 – 1m….
With Dewhurst winner St Mark’s Basilica(Top Rated 120) not having a run since last October & despite finishing 8 & 3/4 lengths behind SMB in the Dewhurst i am going with the 2000 Guineas winner…
Poetic Flare(Dawn Approach X Maria Lee colt) to do the UK & French Guineas double>
The Jim Bolger colt has won 4 from 5 starts & his only blot was in the Dewhurst since winning a 5f Naas Maiden last March. He landed the Group 3 Killavallan Stakes a week before the Dewhurst.
Made seasonal return on April 11th in the Listed Irish 2000 Guineas Trial when beating Aussie Ace before landing the BIG race by a short head at Newmarket on May 1st from Master of the Seas on his first try over 1m…UNPLACED
The DANGERS to look out for as well as St Mark’s Basiliaca is Sealiway, who won the 7f Group 1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at this course last October but failed to fire in the Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf 1m before returning over C&D on April 18th in the Group 3 Prix De Fountainebleu, finishing a 1/2 length runner up … SMB WINS!
2.25 Poule D’Essai Pouliches Fillies’ Stakes – 3yo Only – Group 1 – 1m….
Just like the previous race, i cannot see past the 1000 Guineas winner
Mother Earth – Zoffany X Many Colurs filly.
The seasoned Group run filly has finished 2nd & 3rd in Group 1 company last season prior to landing the BIG race at Newmarket on May 2nd, which was her 3rd start over 1m, winning from Saffron Beach by 1 length.
She finished runner up in the Grade 1 Breeders Cup Fillies’ Juvenile 1m Turf to Aunt Pearl back in November… 2nd
The DANGERS could come from unbeaten Philomere (Dubawi X Prudenzia), who won a maiden over C&D on race course debut last September before landing the 1m Group 3 Penelope Stakes at Saint-Cloud on April 6th, while Miss Amulet (Sir Prancelot X Shena’s Dream) won a 5f Listed Naas race in early August & the Group 2 Lowther Stakes over 6f at York in the same month, before a runner up spot in the 6f Group 2 Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket in September. She then finished 3rd behind Aunt Pearl & Mother Earth on her first try at 1m in the Breeders Cup… MA- NR – Philomere -UNPLACED
BONUS RACE – Naas – Yielding…
3.40 Sole Power Sprint Stakes – Listed – 3yo Plus – 5f….
Logo Hunter – Brazen Beau X Jadanna 3yo gelding.
Had 2 runs as a 2yo finishing 2nd & 3rd before changing yards.
Made return after 224 days away on the All Weather at Dundalk on March 6th in a 6f Maiden winning well before running over the same C&D under a penalty finishing 2nd.
He was dropped back to 5f to win a Cork handicap by 3/4’s of a length on April 3rd & last time out on April 25th finished runner up in a 5 & 1/2f Listed race to Measure of Magic, who has since won another Listed race…. WINNER
2:50 – Poule d’Essai des Poulains – Selection: Sealiway
The French 2000 Guineas looks a string contest this year with Newmarket victor Poetic Flare bidding for a famous double. However, I like one at a more attractive price with decent course form. Sealiway was the best 2yo Colt in France last year as proved by his Prix Jean Luc Lagadere romp on Arc day. The form of that race might not be the strongest but it was the manner of his 8 length demolition that caught my eye. Sealiway relishes soft or heavy going and with rain in the Paris area and hopefully falling on Longchamp, he can power through the soft conditions again. On his first run in 2021 he ran in the Prix Fontainbleu and ran well, a good pipe opener to finish second. He comes here fresh and unlike the favourite didn’t have a hard race last time out. UNPLACED
3:25 – Poule d’Essai des Pouliches – Selection: Mother Earth
Mother Earth produced a career best performance to win the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket and I think she can follow up in the French version today. It was a sterling effort and the sign of a Filly with more to come, especially as that was her first race this campaign. Mother Earth is a battle hardened horse having her tenth race today. The daughter of Zoffany is pretty ground versatile, having won a G3 on yielding to soft last summer and running a cracker in the Fillies Mile when a close third on soft ground. She brings the best form into this race and I am struggling to see any of the home team that I think could beat her. Perhaps Tiger Tanaka could be worth an each way play. 2nd
3:40 – Sole Power Sprint Stakes – Logo Hunter
An open looking listed heat for the sprinters with the field at 7/2. Off the lowest weight I can see Logo Hunter running a big race after a couple of very good performances so far this season. His form figures of 1212 stack up well, the pick of those races was arguably last time out at Naas when he took his form to a new level with a good second in a listed contest at Navan behind Measure of Magic. It was the best run of his career so far and it appears that Logo Hunter is on an upward curve, he has only had the 6 races so far. Good chance off bottom weight with Heffernan booked being another positive. The dangers are Indigo Balance & Urban Beat in my opinion. WINNER
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