Check out our race-by-race verdicts for Sunday's mouthwatering feature races at ParisLongchamp.
UK raiders have a fine record in this with the aptly-named LADY IN FRANCE their only representative this year. Karl Burke’s Listed winner will need to improve further but won a decent handicap over the minimum tip at York last time and should have the measure of the other filly Air De Valse. A Group 3 winner over 6f, Wooded has been racing in Group 1 company recently but attempts the minimum trip for the first time. Batwan beat Tour To Paris over track and trip in May but the latter took his revenge in a Group 2 sprint at Deauville later in the same month.
Aidan O’Brien bids to win this for the third time in succession and runs three. Derby winner SERPENTINE is partnered by Christophe Soumillon for his first outing since that wide-margin shock victory at Epsom when English King was back in fifth and stablemate Mogul further behind. The latter has subsequently won a Group 3 at Goodwood when Highland Chief finished runner-up with English King a disappointing fourth while Group 3 winner Nobel Prize makes up the Ballydoyle contingent. German Derby winner In Swoop has plenty of scope for further improvement though collateral form gives him something to find with French Derby fifth and subsequent Group 2 winner Port Guillaume, who also had the measure of Gold Trip at Saint-Cloud earlier.
It was soft ground when Dame Malliot won a Group 2 at Newmarket in July. Wonderful Tonight beat Valia and Laburnum when landing a Group 3 on a trip over to Deauville last month and the latter had earlier found Even So too good at Naas with Ger Lyon’s filly going on to win the Irish Oaks at the Curragh - she has leading claims on that form. Tarnawa returned to action with a Group 3 success for John Oxx at Cork while Grand Glory finished in front of Mashael when placed at Deauville. The latter’s stablemate Alkandora finished behind RAABIHAH at the same track last month and, a close-up fourth in the French Oaks earlier, Jean-Claude Rouget filly is fancied to go close in this as her trainer fancies her chances in next month’s Arc. She is expected to take another step forward today tackling 1m4f for the first time.
Stradivarius has looked as brilliant as ever in the stayers’ cup races this year but finished behind ANTHONY VAN DYCK in the Coronation Cup over 1m4f at Newmarket on his reappearance. Today’s trip may prove his undoing once again and the Ballydoyle colt is fancied to confirm superiority as soft ground and the lack of a clear run were legitimate excuses for a defeat in the Hardwicke Stakes at Ascot last time. Way To Paris landed his first Group 1 with victory in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud back in June but the placed horses, Nagano Gold and Ziyad, have both let the form down since while Skyward looks out of his depth in this company.
Tammani is the only UK raider but the Haggas colt looks to have his work cut out with Andre Fabre holding a strong hand. The latter steps EARTHLIGHT up in trip after the dual Group 1 winner lost his unbeaten record to Space Blues at Deauville last month but he was beaten only a length on that occasion and this longer trip promises to suit. Stablemate and French 1000 Guineas fourth Tropbeau wasn’t at her best last time and was eased down in the closing stages while Pretreville is preferred to Spinning Memories of Pascal Bary’s duo.