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Preview: Prix Robert Papin

16 July 2021

The Prix Robert Papin is a Group Two contest for two-year-olds over 1200m at Chantilly. Originally called the Omnium de Deux Ans, in 1928 the race was renamed in memory of Robert Papin, who was the former president of the Société Sportive d’Encouragement. 

UK trainers have dominated recent renewals on the race, winning the previous seven events. We look at this season’s contenders... 

Black Lives Matter

The Sachiaki Kobayashi-trained Black Lives Matter has progressed dramatically since a quiet debut. He landed a Longchamp 1300m maiden prior to a staying-on runner up in the G3 Prix du Bois (1200m) over course and distance. He is unlikely to turn around form with Atomic Force but has place claims. 


This Italian raider hails from the Vincenzo Fazio stable and is a colt by Twilight Son. He won two minor 1000m races before a fine second in a G3 contest at Milan on third outing. This looks a tough assignment. 

Tipperary Sunset

Enters this contest undefeated with two wins from two starts over 1000m. He was a determined winner making all at Beverley second up and has switched yards subsequently. This demands more and there is the chance of further improvement from this son of Ardaad, who has made a sensational start to his stallion career. 

Papa Don’t Preach

Makes a quick turnaround after a fine runner-up position in the Listed Prix Yacowlef (1000m) at Deauville. He holds course form after a second here previously over this journey but would need a career best to be involved at the finish, with some rivals showing better form at a higher level. 

Atomic Force

Looks the horse to beat after completing a double stepping up to this distance for the first time in the G3 Prix du Bois (1200m) over course and distance, beating the reopping Black Lives Matter by five lengths in style. This Kevin Ryan-trained juvenile gave stallion Cotai Glory a first stakes win in the process. He enjoys some cut in the ground and is expected to confirm the immense promise shown. Should prove tough to beat.  


All three runs to date have come over this trip including when scoring by a neck at Goodwood on debut. Subsequently outclassed in the G3 Albany Stakes (1200m) at Royal Ascot and bumped into a potentially smart sort at Pontefract last month. Likely more is needed from the daughter of Galileo Gold but could find the frame for a yard with a brilliant two-year-old record.  Her 1.5kg sex allowance could prove vital too. 


Speedily bred filly by Kodi Bear from the Hubert de Nicolay stable. Arrives unbeaten in two career starts including a two-and-a-half length success in the Listed Prix des Rêves d'Or - Jacques Bouchara (1000m) at Vichy in June. Unexposed upped in distance and holds each-way claims. Another who could take advantage of her 1.5kg sex allowance. 

Samedi Rien

Unexposed filly who steps up in grade following a one-and-a-half length success in a class two conditions race over this distance at Marseille-Borely. The Frédéric Rossi-trained daughter of Bated Breath probably needs more at this level but cannot be entirely discounted arriving unbeaten in two career outings. 

Who Knows

Took a step forward from her debut fourth at Lyon-Parilly when running out a two-and-a-half length winner of a maiden over course and distance last month. Stayed on strongly in that contest and should be suited by the likely strong gallop in this contest. Steps up in class but could be capable of filling the frame.