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Critérium trophy set to leave French shores

26 October 2018

The 2017 edition may have been unceremoniously called off but racing authorities and connections are confident this year’s Gr.1 Critérium de Saint-Cloud will take place as scheduled. One of the late-season highlights for the two year-old generation, a field of ten has been declared for the €250,000, 2000m event.
Winner of this race four times in the space of ten years, Aidan O’Brien has left two in with Norway looking the better of the pair, having accounted for stablemate Sydney Opera House in no uncertain terms in the Listed Zetland S. at Newmarket two weeks ago. They will, unsurprisingly, face opposition from Shambolic who crosses the Channel even though she was below-par in the Fillies’ Mile a fortnight back - surely a sign that John Gosden is confident of her chances. 
Godolphin’s Shoot For Gold flew up in a Windsor maiden earlier in the month and looks good enough to hold his own. The second of just two fillies, Wonderment, is the best of the local offering, having run third in the Gr.3 Prix de Condé early October. 
Zetland S. third, Nate The Great, is unlikely to spring any surprises but has earned his place here. Fox Tal and Alabaa are not short of ability but at this level are mere outsiders.
Picture: Wonderment