Our man in France assesses the chances of the imagined runners and guides us through the meeting in Chantilly.
The king can regain the group 1 crown
Trainer André Fabre insisted that since Persian King’s coming back from injury, the Prix d’Ispahan (15.25) has always been the colt’s main goal and he has been trained to reach the top of functionality this afternoon.
A return run in early June saw the Persian king defeated by his running mate Magny Cours over a mile, although it has been openly documented that the foal was only 80% fit and that it was a race to initially see where he was in terms of well-being. The four-year-old then took on a Group 2 at Saint-Cloud 18 days later where he watched a new animal, traveling heavily and accelerating powerfully to win with a little in hand. Fabre and Persian King jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot said he should be in great physical shape for the Isfahan and that the conditions of the terrain seem ideal, Persian King could win a second first class title.
Kingman’s son was an incredibly successful player early in his career and showed exuberant tricks to clinch the 2019 French Guineas at ParisLongchamp, beating one of today’s rivals. Chaman of a length. With this victory secured, a five-time Persian king was then defeated in the Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby) where he fought in second position against Sottsass, several group 1 winners. An injury obtained at the Jockey Club prevented the colt (which is owned in partnership between Ballymore Thoroughbreds and Godolphin) from continuing their three-year campaign and Persian King could still be on the progressive curve.
The unusual course of a mile and a distance from today’s race could be a huge advantage for Persian King, who, according to connections, has not seen the trip to the French Derby.
With Chaman Sure to put a good pace in the lead this afternoon, Boudot should be able to take a lead in the race before attacking in the last hundreds of meters.
Among the other runners in the race, Roseman could pose the greatest threat to the King of Persia. Coming from the same relationship that won this race last season with Zabeel Prince, the Roger Varian-trained colt put in a valiant effort in the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot, finishing fourth after missing the break on his seasonal bow.
Kingman’s son has already been beaten Century Dream, who clashes here, and it wouldn’t be surprising if this race has been on Roseman’s radar since the start of the year, although the drying ground could well go against him.
Jet takes off at Papin
This race went to a runner trained in English for six years, so it’s not surprising to see The Lir Jet as a favorite par excellence for the Darley Prix Robert Papin (13.35).
The group two competition for two-year-olds generally attracts a small group and this year is no exception, as only four young people are coming for a € 90,000 event.
Trained by Michael Bell, the Lir Jet seemed to gain speed by taking the Norfolk Stakes from Royal Ascot, bringing its tally of two to two.
In the colors of Qatar Racing, the son of Prince Of Lir traveled with supreme ease before pouncing on longtime leader Golden Pal near his home, the duo pulling three lengths ahead of the other ten riders.
Today, the colt goes to six stadiums for the first time, but with only four runners on the field, which shouldn’t be too much of a problem and jockey Oisin Murphy shouldn’t have a problem winning the group match. of them.
Axdavali has shown great class in three career starts and has come a long way as the winner of the Groupe Trois Prix du Bois at ParisLongchamp two weeks ago before narrowly missing the arrival of the talented Livachop. Colt Yann Barbarot could pose the biggest threat to The Lir Jet and should at least take the € 19,800 allowance for second place.
Important day for the talented Trullier
Having ridden 51 winners in the 2019 season, teenager Thomas Trullier quickly became a name to watch among the next jockeys, but like so many others came before him, he struggled to maintain the momentum. once he has lost his pretension.
Today, the young rider has been offered a huge chance by his mentor and coach winner of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Nicolas Clément to prove his worth. Trullier straddles the two yard runners in today’s Listed races due to the suspension of Clement number one Stéphane Pasquier, and the two have a good chance either way with the Clement yard in searing form currently.
Beauty For You (14.50) has been placed twice at this level and provided a satisfactory effort finishing third behind Simeen at Saint-Cloud three weeks ago. Being pulled into a stall, it wouldn’t be surprising to see her climb close enough to pace by Trullier as she generally sees the mile with force and could have a great chance in this wide open event.
I am not afraid (4:00 p.m.) was extremely unlucky not to participate in a Listed race on his seasonal return to the Lion d’Angers last month. The chic filly was trapped four wide throughout the race and dropped many lengths on the field. A strong Trullier pull produced a nice home effort straight from the filly who fell from head to line and today’s extended distance is certainly a huge advantage.
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