2017 Chantilly Arc Trials Day Preview
1.50 Chantilly, Prix Niel
Cracksman is going to be tough to beat here; he’s right up with the best 3-year-old colts in Britain and Ireland. His win in the Great Voltiger at York was impressive and he could be getting better.
Andre Fabre’s Finche is a fascinating horse, he has only had 3 career starts, winning two, including last time out in a group 2 event. He is a massive horse and looked to improve greatly from his second run to turn the tables on Afandem who beat him previously. Andre Fabre indicated that Finche will be ready for this race despite a near 2 month break and with several decent 3-year-olds in his care, he is putting his faith in this unexposed horse from the classic generation. He is a best priced 6/1 with the bookies which should be bigger than the PMU but maybe he will go off bigger on the exchanges. With Cracksman in opposition you couldn’t be confident of getting a result but at 10.0+ on the exchanges it could be worth chancing.
Finche, 10+ on the exchanges
3.55 Chantilly, Prix du Moulin
Ribchester is the one to beat here and he is coupled with Inns Of Court on the PMU at 1.5. The winner does look likely to come from one of the Godolphin runners. At the prices I would side with Inns Of Court at 5/1 who has won 4 of his 6 starts, but come up short in group 1 company. He was beaten a short head by Al Wukair in the Prix Jacques le Marios which is cracking form.
Tareef finished fifth in the Marios, running below form, but that was on soft ground. He is back on better ground which saw him win his 3 previous races including wins over Al Wukair and Zelzal, on both occasions he was carrying a penalty which makes it even more impressive on paper; at 16/1 he has to be backed each way, he will be much shorter on the PMU.
Inns Of Court, 5/1
4.35 Chantilly, Prix Foy
This is a really tough race to work out with last year’s winner Silverwave facing a much tougher field this time around. Cloth Of Stars has emerged as Fabre’s leading older horse and the Japanese raider Satono Diamond makes his debut. All these runners are returning after a break, but the German raider Dschingis Secret comes here race-fit and could be the one to be with today.
He has progressed markedly this year, winning the group 1 Grosser von Berlin last time out, beating Hawkbill in to second with little fuss. He was available at 16/1 early this morning but now only 9/1, but you may get bigger on the exchanges or even on the PMU.
Dschingis Secret, 10+ on the exchanges or PMU