Raiders have Grand Prix de Paris edge
12 July 2018
It is just a small field of seven which takes to ParisLongchamp on Saturday for the annual Bastille Day highlight. The 2400m Gr.1 Grand Prix de Paris is restricted to three year-old’s and its runners frequently figure in the Arcreckoning later in the autumn.
The Irish contingent has strength in depth with Aidan O’Brien represented by a duo, spearheaded by dynamic Gr.2 Queen’s Vase winner, Kew Gardens, who drops back in trip for the occasion. Nelson ran third that day and the shorter distance should work to his advantage. Son, Joseph, brings over Downdraft who has never won anything better than a handicap and who is unproven over 1½ miles.
Domestic hopes lie with Pia Brandt’s Neufbosc who won the Gr.3 Prix du Lys in good order on his last racecourse appearance, and the Swede will be aiming for a second win in three years following Mont Ormel’s success in 2016. André Fabre will be represented by Folamour who only just won his maiden three weeks ago, but having won 13 editions of the race, the Chantilly handler’s charge is unlikely to be disgraced.
The lone cross-Channel raider is Mark Johnston’s Dee Ex Bee, who could well prove the one to beat. After having run an excellent second to Masar in the Epsom Derby, he was unable to produce the goods at the Curragh, but if back at his best, he should put in a big performance.
Picture: Neufbosc and Cristian Demuro
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