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Quinault landed the five-timer under a nice ride from the ever-improving Connor Planas. He showed a game attitude to win on the line and gave us a nice 7/1 winner unless you got B.O.G of 15/2.
Chantilly 3:05 – Blue Rose Cen 10/3 (1pt WilliamHill)
The British and Irish racing is fairly rubbish today, and one only horse caught my eye over in France in the French Oaks, AKA the Prix De Diane. I tipped up Blue Rose Cen for the French 1000 Guineas a few weeks ago, and she put in a lovely performance that day, carrying on her progressive profile, and I think she is capable of winning another Group 1 over 10f for the first time.
The stalls gods have been in her favour again by giving her Stall 1. She is a front-runner, so having a low stall is ideal as if she breaks on terms she will be able to grab the lead on the rail, and the very worst-case scenario would be to get a prominent position behind the leader if she doesn't have a good break. This is her first start over this trip, and there will be doubters whether she'll stay the trip or be as effective as she was over 8f. I think she is definitely worth a try as she did do her best in the final furlong or two in the French Guineas, she was off the bridle but when she hit top gear she showed a tremendous turn of foot and kicked away from the field, and I don't think she was stopping at the line.
Another doubt about her is the ground. It frustrates me when you get conflicting reports about the ground in France. I've mentioned it before where you get told the ground is one thing on one website, but another will say it's completely different. According to the Racing Post, the ground is good to soft the night before, they are expecting warm weather in Paris, but there is a couple of showers, so the ground should hopefully be good to soft at the very least. Her pedigree would suggest she should handle the ground, and the way she moves looks like she should be able to handle it as well.
The favourite is the Gosden filly, Running Lion who has been impressive in England, but she has a wide stall of 12, and is normally held up, and I don't think that's the place to be as you'll find trouble in running and if Blue Rose Cen manages to stretch her legs, I can't see how she will bridge the gap.
- 3:05 pm