Our man in France Jason Kiely dissects the big ones for us and also gives us some tips on the afternoon race which starts at 1:00 p.m.
International flavor in red-hot Morny
One of the highlights of the French summer program, the Prix Morny Group 1 (13.35) sees nine impactful two-year-olds declared for the € 210,000 sprint over six stages.
Respecting the status quo of this race, there is a real international sensation and the home team is largely outnumbered with five of the nine juveniles coming from abroad.
Over the past fifteen years, the winner of this race has come from outside France thirteen times and depending on the market, the winner’s trophy will head to the United States for the third time in Morny’s history. .
Filly trained by Wesley Ward and Royal Ascot scorer Campanelle is hugely appreciated and this latest victory at Royal Ascot has placed her at the top of the market for today’s race.
The US-trained Kodiac filly is expected to be out of the gates abruptly and could regain control from Frankie Dettori with the combination of Ward and Dettori having successfully completed this race with Lady Aurelia in 2016.
Aside from the filly in the US, a heavy load comes from the UK and it is royal property Tactical who could prove the strongest of these.
Pierre-Charles Boudot will don the queen’s silks as Covid-19 restrictions prevent William Buick from making the rounds.
Tactical looked ridiculously quick and crossed the line with plenty in hand on the last Group 2 outing at Newmarket and shouldn’t be too far at the finish.
French fillies have their say
Among the riders trained in France in this event, there was a lot of hype and speculation about where the filly trained by Fabrice Chappet Alcapulco Gold was going to have its next release.
The Bungleinthejungle girl has improved a colossal amount from her first fifth to take a Listed race at Vichy on her next start and relations have made no secret of the fact that they think she is quite talented.
She is a filly who runs on her nerves and freely so there is a question about the distance on the very trying ground today but this much appreciated filly still holds an entry in the Prix de l’Abbaye on weekends. end Arc and if it were to succeed in this engagement then a victory would be expected here.
Livachope is trained in the south-west of France near the town of La Teste de Buch by the highly efficient Jane Soubagne and has been a model of consistency and resolve in her three career beginnings.
Goken’s daughter is still undefeated and was particularly impressive when she landed a Group 3 at ParisLongchamp early last month. The form of this win is still lagging behind that of Royal Ascot and Livachope will need to produce a better career to score here, but this battle hardened filly is on the upgrade and could be the surprise package of the race.
Perfect opportunity for Nazeef to add to the count
He has become a master of the French Group Ones’ harvest in recent seasons and trainer John Gosden seems to have found the golden ticket for a talented mare here. Nazeef in the Un Prix Jean Romanet Group (14.50).
Gosden has won this race twice in recent seasons and English-trained riders have an impeccable track record in this race (you have to go back to 2012 to find a French winner). A Falmouth Stakes winner during the summer, Nazeef is by far the most progressive of the eleven riders left here and she lost nothing in the loss finishing third against Fancy Blue last time around.
The Invincible Spirit’s daughter may be at the limit of her distance spectrum for today 2000m, especially on the smooth forecast, but this year’s edition of the Romanet seems somewhat sub-standard and Frankie Dettori should be able to make a nice trailer in the race. because there seem to be a lot of rhythm angles.
From the rest of Romanet’s fillies and mares, Bolleville is an obvious danger for the favorite and has won well in her stable debut for Joseph O’Brien, but needs to take a step forward to match the level of form shown by Nazeef.
Bolleville was previously trained in France by Pascal Bary and should appreciate today’s return to 2000m and is a former course winner. Ambition has been in great shape recently and could be involved at the finish as well.
Call the Wind returns to action on the beloved track
Legendary trainer Freddy Head’s thong hasn’t been in the strongest shape in recent months, but a steady star Call the wind can resume the season by winning the Prix Kergolay (15.25), a race in which he has done so well in the past.
Second half-length of the 3000m last season while carrying the burden of a Group 1 penalty (61kgs), Call The Wind is in better conditions this year.
The race seems a less competitive shade with the absence of seasoned warriors Marmelo, Holdthasigreen and Called To The Bar, although San Huberto, trained by Fabrice Chappet, may continue his progression and could be the danger for the favorite.