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Poule Essai Poulains (Group 1 - French 2000 Guineas) 7f 209y

  • (3yo, 7f 209y, Class 1, 12 runners)
  • Winner €346,500 2nd €110,000 3rd €55,000 4th €38,500
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Off time: 14:49:25
Full result
Result 14:45 Longchamp
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 10 Karakontie 6/4f
2nd 1 Prestige Vendome nk 14/1
3rd 8 Pornichet 66/1
  • Last Updated: May 10 2014, 12:41 BST

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

John Gosden: Trains Muwaary.
John Gosden: Trains Muwaary.

Connections of Muwaary are wary of testing conditions at Longchamp on Sunday as the unbeaten colt takes a huge step up in class for the French 2000 Guineas.

John Gosden's inmate made a big impression on his debut at Newbury last July and although he missed the rest of the campaign through injury, the Oasis Dream colt looked good on his return to action in handicap company at the same track a month ago.

Angus Gold, racing manager for owner Hamdan Al Maktoum, said: "He is a bit of an unknown quantity.

"He won his maiden well and then had a minor setback. He then won the handicap at Newbury the other day and I was quite impressed with him in the last furlong. He looks a very strong galloper.

"He has a decent draw (stall two), which is a good start, and I just hope the ground doesn't go too soft. I think if it went very soft it would be a worry for everyone.

"He looks a very promising horse, but stepping up from a handicap to a Group One is clearly a very big step."

Muwaary forms part of a three-pronged British challenge on the Poule d'Essai des Poulains, with the Andrew Balding-trained End Of Line and Marco Botti's Lat Hawill also featuring in the 14-strong field.

Lat Hawill stormed clear in a Newcastle maiden last October and was far from disgraced when fourth in Newbury's Greenham Stakes on his return.

Botti said: "The form of the Greenham has worked out well. Our horse was well beaten, but I felt going into the race he might need the experience and he ran respectably.

"Hopefully he has come on for the run, both in terms of fitness and experience. We think he is sharper now.

"Because he won his maiden so easily, he didn't have to get into a battle, so I hope he will have learnt a lot from the Greenham.

"The ground is a bit of an unknown. Good to soft is fine for him, but if it goes very soft we don't know how he will handle it.

"The one thing I am not concerned about is the trip. I am sure he'll get the mile well."

The only Irish-trained contender is Aidan O'Brien's Giovanni Boldini, who has top-level experience when narrowly denied in last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf and fourth in the UAE Derby at Meydan in March.

Heading the betting is Karakontie, trained by French-based Englishman Jonathan Pease.

The Niarchos family-owned three-year-old won the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp last October and was only denied by Ectot on his comeback in the Prix de Fontainebleau.

Racing manager Alan Cooper said: "His formline was very well advertised in the English Guineas. Charm Spirit and Noozhoh Canarias, who were both behind him in the Lagardere, ran respectably at Newmarket.

"It was a bit of a difficult race to judge, really, as the field split into groups so it was a little unsatisfactory.

"He's been in very good form since his trial, that did exactly what we wanted it to do in terms of fitness.

"We'll just have to see what happens this weekend but he has been doing everything right at home and we're really looking forward to it."

Andre Fabre has a strong hand with Godolphin runner Decathlete and Galiway, while Jean-Claude Rouget's Kiram is another major contender.