Native American can take the Prix Eugene Adam
1.10 Maisons-Laffitte, Prix Eugene Adam
Louis Dor’s third place finish in the French Derby where he started at 66/1 is the best form on offer here. As good as his derby form looks he’s only won once in ten outings and I can’t have him at short odds in this trappy contest. John Gosden has a great record with his French runners and his Crossed Baton can’t be ruled out, but I’m going to side with the Christophe Ferland trained Native American. He hasn’t ventured in to group company until now but the manner of his recent wins have be impressive, although did throw in a below par effort when probably going off too fast in a minor race at Lyon-Parilly. If he can get his own way up front he can set a comfortable pace and try to steal it at a best priced 100/30 with Ladbrokes.
Native American, 100/30
1.45 Maisons-Laffitte, Prix de Ris-Orangis
If Signs Of Blessing was anywhere near his best then he would win this easily, but he’s been a shadow of his former self in his last 3 runs and his current price of 7.6 on the PMU reflects this. He could well improve on his seasonal effort when beaten 3 lengths by City Light in to fifth, who would probably have won the Diamond Jubilee at Ascot if not missing the break.
Inns Of Court is an interesting contender for Fabre dropping down to 6 furlongs but he looks too short at 7/4, currently around 2.3 on the PMU. I’ll chance two at bigger prices in Times Arrow at 5/1 and Arecibo at 14/1 against the field. This is a big step up in class for Times Arrow, but he’s a sprinter in-form and he could be up to this. Arecibo has a tough task here on the ratings but receives lots of weight and has been really consistent, rarely running a bad race. He is a late foal and there could still be lots of improvement still to come despite being so exposed. He looks to have a great chance of placing at rewarding odds.
Times Arrow, 5/1
Arecibo, 14/1 each-way