FRANCE: Fury steps back into Group company at Chantilly
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By SCOTT BURTON
Moore renews his association, having been at his strongest when the Invincible Spirit colt scored by a nose at York last month.
“He’s always had the talent just not the confidence but he’s beginning to get that back and I hope he continues to progress,” said Haggas, who is unconcerned by the prospect of very soft underfoot conditions.
He added: “I’ve always thought he wanted soft though the form book doesn’t say so. I’d much prefer it soft than firm.”
Zinabaa (Michel Mace/Yannick Letondeur) landed the Group 2 Prix du Muguet at Saint-Cloud at the start of last month, scoring by a neck from No Risk At All.
The runner-up did no harm to the form when landing the La Coupe at Longchamp last Monday.
Zinabaa was scoring for the second time in Group company having won the Prix Quincey at Deauville last August, both successes coming on a testing surface.
His last run was an encouraging fifth in the Group 1 Prix’d'Ispahan on quicker ground.
Evaporation (Carlos Laffon-Parias/Olivier Peslier) flew home for third in the Muguet having been locked on the rail and her trainer has chosen this target over the Windsor Forest at Royal Ascot next week.
“She was very unlucky in the Prix du Muguet,” said Laffon-Parias. “We thought about taking her to Ascot after that but, as she hasn’t yet won a Group race, we decided to stay here rather than travel. The soft ground won’t be a problem to her at all and I hope she has better luck this time – she has everything in her favour.”
Moonwalk In Paris (Jean-Claude Rouget/Christophe Soumillon) completed a hat-trick when beating both Evaporation and Zinabaa in the Prix Edmond Blanc.
Vagabond Shoes (Yan Durepaire/Stephane Pasquier) returns to action after wintering in Dubai, with Durepaire hoping for a repeat of last season’s run when second to Byword.
“He ran very well in the race last year but this is more of a prep run than a target,” said Durepiare, who went on to score with Vagabond Shoes in the Prix Messidor on his next start 12 months ago. “The softer ground isn’t a help but I need to run him.”
Also on Sunday
Chantilly: Prix du Lys (Group 3) 1m4f, 3yo colts and geldings (4.05pm GMT)
Since the change to the calendar which saw the Prix du Jockey Club reduced to 1m2½f and the Grand Prix’de Paris moved to the July 14 holiday, this race has assumed the role of chief trial for the Bastille Day feature.
Both Rail Link and Montmartre have completed the double in recent seasons, and their respective trainers appear to hold strong hands for Sunday’s renewal.
Andre Fabre saddles Masterstroke (Maxime Guyon), whose unbeaten run ended in a half length defeat to subsequent Jockey Club fifth Top Trip in the Group 2 Prix Hocquart.
Ashkiyr (Alain’de Royer-Dupre/Christophe Lemaire) comes here off the back of a neck defeat of Francastel in a Longchamp maiden which looked above-average beforehand.
That was over 1m2f on good ground and his trainer expects the Rock Of Gibraltar colt to take another step forward in this greater test of stamina.
“Ashkiyr did it nicely last time and soft ground is a definite plus for him,” said Royer-Dupre.
The Grand Prix’de Paris was the next step for last season’s Prix’de l’Avre winner Meandre.
The 2012 renewal was won somewhat surprisingly by Rollex Borget (Jehan Bertran’de Balandra/Gerald Mosse) who, by breeding and training should be more at home at jumps venue Auteuil.
However, there was no fluke about his three quarter length success and neither the conditions nor the trip will hold any fears.
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