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  • Meehan In Awe Of Golden Wonder

Poule Essai Pouliches (Group 1 - French 1000 Guineas) 7f 209y

  • (3yo, 7f 209y, Class 1, 16 runners)
  • Winner €257,130 2nd €102,870 3rd €51,434 4th €25,694 5th €12,870
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Off time: 14:10:42
Full result
Result 14:08 Longchamp
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 1 Avenir Certain 14/1
2nd 4 Veda 9/1
3rd 8 Xcellence 6/1
  • Last Updated: May 10 2014, 12:42 BST

View from connections ahead of the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches at Longchamp on Sunday.

J Wonder: In good form ahead of French test.
J Wonder: In good form ahead of French test.

Trainer Brian Meehan is in confident mood ahead of J Wonder's bid for glory in the French 1000 Guineas at Longchamp on Sunday.

The daugther of Footstepsinthesand won twice from three starts as a juvenile and though the filly failed to fire in the Lowther Stakes at York last August, she made a winning return to action in the Fred Darling at Newbury.

Meehan had considered running J Wonder in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, but with conditions set to be more to her liking in Paris, he decided to wait for the French equivalent, the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches.

"I think she's a tremendous filly. She's got so much talent," said Meehan.

"She's had all of the autumn and winter off and she couldn't do much more than what she did at Newbury.

"She's a really smart filly and she's going to run a huge race on Sunday."

J Wonder will certainly not lack for assistance from the saddle, with leading French pilot Christophe Lemaire booked for the ride.

She also appears to have a plum draw in stall one.

The Manton handler told his website, www.brianmeehan.co.uk: "Christophe came down on Wednesday evening and partnered her first lot (on Thursday morning) before making a quick dash back to Paris.

"He liked her a lot and we were both delighted with the way things went.

"There should be more give in the ground than she would have experienced had we opted to go to Newmarket last weekend and this race should suit her much better.

"It is a tough race of course, but she looks to have a great chance and we are all looking forward to how she gets on.

"J Wonder was our first winner of the Turf season at Newbury and was entitled to need the run.

"She has come on a lot for it and everything has gone according to plan in her preparation since."

J Wonder is joined on the trip to France by old rival Al Thakhira, beaten just a head into second in the Fred Darling.

Trainer Marco Botti said: "She is fit and well and the ground will be in her favour.

"She is in stall 13, which is a bit wider than ideal, but there is nothing we can do about that and, in my opinion, the draw is not as important on softer ground at Longchamp as it is when the ground is fast.

"She won her Group Two (Rockfel Stakes, Newmarket) over seven furlongs and the Newbury race was seven furlongs as well, so we will have to see if she will stay the mile.

"The key to her is the ground and she will be held up, hopefully in a nice position, and then we have to hope for luck in running."

J Wonder and Al Thakhira are joined on the trip from Britain by the Charlie Hills-trained Queen Catrine and Rae Guest's Cape Factor.

The latter makes her three-year-old debut after having won four of her five starts as a juvenile.

Guest told At The Races: "She's done nothing but progress and won that Listed race (at Newmarket) very easily.

"The next natural step is to go for a good race.

"She's won twice on the all-weather and has won twice on very soft ground.

"We're confident she's going to run a good race, but we don't know how good the others are.

"She's in great form and we're very hopeful she's going to put up a good show."

The only Irish-trained runner in the 16-strong line-up is Aidan O'Brien's Wonderfully, who showed smart form as juvenile but has plenty on her plate from stall 14.

The home team includes Lesstalk In Paris, Bawina, Veda and Indonesienne.