French challengers line up for St James’s Palace bid

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By Andrew Scutts
Racing Post

Lucayan The Classic winner was supplemented for the’St James’s Palace at a cost of £25,000, and he will have to finish third or better in a huge field of 16 to recoup that outlay.

Trainer Francois Rohaut told the Racing Post on Monday: “Like his father [Turtle Bowl] he doesn’t want it really heavy but soft ground won’t bother him. He’s very well, he’s travelled well and I think he’ll run well.”

The negative, Rohaut conceded, was a wide draw in 14, but even if that does for Lucayan, France could still easily carry off the £250,000 prize as Mikel Delzangles is double-handed with Dragon Pulse and Hermival.

The French trio are all around the 10-1 mark, with the betting headed by Power, whose trainer and jockey Aidan and Joseph O’Brien are generally 4-6 and 7-4 to finish the week as leading horsemen.

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