FRANCE: Unbeaten La Peinture puts record on the line

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By Scott Burton
Racing Post

Olivier Peslier

Preview: France, Sunday (3.15pm BST)
Longchamp: Prix Vicomtesse Vigier (Group 2)
1m7½f , 4yo+

Marco Botti will be hoping that Peslier’s day can get even better as he rides Joshua Tree here for the Newmarket-based trainer.

Joshua Tree made an encouraging start to his career as a stayer when third in the Dubai Gold Cup on his first outing for Botti.

“He’s in good order, the same as Planteur he had a break when he came back from Dubai,” said Botti earlier this week. “He’s quite a big horse and he takes a lot of work so I expect whatever happens on Sunday he will improve a lot.

“There are a lot of races for him, obviously he’s been entered in the Gold Cup at Ascot and after that there is a race on Arlington Million day over a mile and six, so we’ve got a few things in mind for him in the summer and he looks a very good horse.”

Veteran Kasbah Bliss heads the home defence returning to the scene of his Prix du Cadran success on Arc Day with the associated Group 1 penalty.

Prairie Star showed much better form when second to Usuelo last time in the Prix’de Barbeville, and joins stablemate Miss Lago in a strong hand for Ellie Lellouche.

Both Kasbah Bliss and Prairie Starhold Ascot Gold Cup entries.

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