French Guineas day.
Christophe Soumillon won’t do it again, not in this race. In the Prix De Fontaineblue, Dabirsim was beaten a short head by Dragon Pulse when attempting the mile for the first time. Cruising on the bridle the Morny and Jean Luc Lagardere winner proved he retained the ability which had him rated joint top two year old in Europe. He was caught by a very smart colt who saw out every inch of the mile. Now in the hands of Mickael Delzangles having transferred from Jessica Harrington for whom he showed very good form when beating Parish Hall and going down a 1/2 L to Power in the National Stakes.
No, Christophe won’t be looking around again.
Aidan O’Brien has won this race three times in the last ten years. Furner’s Green attempts to add to the exploits of Landseer, Aussie Rules and Astronomer Royal. As juvenile he was fourth in the National Stakes beaten 2 L and on that he has a length and a half to find with Dragon Pulse. This year he returned with a good second to Jim Bolger’s progressive Light Heavy, who contests the Derrinstown Derby Trial at Leopardstown today, and then won the Leopardstown Guineas Trial from Akeed Wafi and Vault. He settled matters in a couple of strides and goes here as a prep for the French Derby. Vault will again set the pace. Incidentally, the fillies trial at the same venue was won by Homecoming Queen.
Coupe De Ville brings the English Guineas form here having run fifth to Camelot. He raced in the group on the far side and it’s possible his proximity to the winner may have been due to the ground being slightly better there than the near side. As a two year old he won the cash in the Tattersalls Millions Trophy.
Beauvoir was third beaten 1/4 L in the Prix La Force having previously run on the soft and on the sand at Deauville. Telwaar, the Free Handicap winner, looks held on his two year old form . He went down to Fencing who was then beaten by Camelot in the Racing Post and again in the Guineas.
John Gosden moves Gregorian out of handicap company having found soft ground to his liking at Newbury. He’s a colt on the up and John has a liking for taking French euro.
Does Dabirsim stay the mile in a truly run race? Will Furner’s Green continue the Ballydoyle classic domination? My Pulse says no and once again the Dragon will roar.