Preview: Grand Steeplechase de Paris
17 October 2020
We look at the contenders for the rescheduled 2020 G1 Grand Steeplechase de Paris at Auteuil.
Winner of the G1 Grand Steeplechase de Paris in 2019, Carriacou is a proven contender at the top level over fences. The eight-year-old has been unable to break through for a success in 2020 having finished third the past three outings, including behind Figuero in the G3 Prix Ingre Chase (4200m) in late September. Carriacou has the ability but would need to reverse recent form with other leading contenders.
Second behind Carriacou in the 2019 renewal of the G1 Grand Steeplechase de Paris, Bipolaire has enjoyed plenty of success subsequently, including a victory in the G1 Prix Le Haye Jousselin (5400m) in November 2019. He demonstrates his best form over staying trips and will undoubtedly improve from a recent third over hurdles.
On The Go
A Grade One winner in 2017, On The Go missed the whole of the 2019 season and has achieved three victories from five outings in 2020. He returns to Grade One company after a fourth in the G3 La Gascogne Chase (4800m) at Compiegne and may struggle against tougher rivals.
Roi Mage will be chasing a hat-trick after a success in the G3 La Gascogne Chase (4800m) and the Listed Jim Crow Stakes (3600m) at Compiegne. He takes a deserved step up to Grade One company although he tends to be at his best away from Auteuil.
The rising star of the chasing division, Figuero has won four times from his past five outings including the G3 Prix Ingre Chase (4200m) at Auteuil in late September where he beat previous Grand Steeplechase de Paris winner Carriacou. The five-year-old has demonstrated plenty of ability over his career to date and can have an impact at the top level.
Docteur de Ballon
Although the gelding has struggled with jumping in recent starts, Docteur de Ballon has caught the eye when completing. On his final start in 2019, the chestnut gelding finished a short head second in the G2 Prix Des Drags (4200m) at Auteuil in June. It would be no surprise if Docteur De Ballon was able to bounce back from his fall on seasonal reappearance and make the frame.
D’Jango could face a tough test stepping up to Grade One company after mixed fortunes in handicap chases. He caught the eye with a comfortable success in the valuable President De La Republique Handicap Chase (4600m) at Auteuil in May but would need to improve on recent fifth in similar conditions.
A three-time winner over fences, Enjeu d’Arthel seemed to appreciate the heavy conditions when second in the G3 Clermont-Tonner Chase (4200m) in February. Although unable to make the frame in four starts since, the six-year-old could sneak into a place if the ground turns soft.
Winner of the G3 Clermont-Tonner Chase (4200m) in February, Poly Grandchamp has some useful form in graded company and has since placed twice. Although the gelding may fall short of winning at Grade One level, he would be a horse to consider with each way claims.
A multiple Graded winner over hurdles, Feu Follet has been unable to make the same impression over the larger obstacles despite some good performances. Finishing well-beaten into fourth behind Figuero in the G3 Prix Ingre Chase (4200m) he would need to step up considerably to reverse that form.
Roxinela was a surprise winner of the G2 Prix des Drags Chase (4200m) in July and followed up with a third behind Device in the L’Orleanais Hurdle (3400m) at Auteuil. Although disappointing in the G3 Prix Ingre Chase (4200m) when seventh, Roxinela is clearly capable and cannot be dismissed.
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