Wind Chimes to bounce-back in the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches
3.35 Longchamp, Poule d’Essai des Poulains
Wootton and Olmedo look well clear in this year’s classic and I’m inclined to stick with the undefeated Wootton against Olmedo who has finished runner-up in his last three races. Both Wootton and Olemdo are shorter with the UK bookies than on the PMU, despite there being 4 British and Irish runners, the 9/4 about Wootton just doesn’t appeal.
I’m going to chance Franceso Bere at a big price to run in to the places. He is the winner of 3 of his 5 races, two at listed level, despite never being favoured by the market. He flopped in the group one Jean Luc Lagardere where he failed to settle and raced wide throughout, his trainer also commented that he had been at the Chantilly sales for several days, so he didn’t have a great preparation for the race. He doesn’t have a great draw in stall 9 of 11, but if he can get some cover and a forward place, he has a great chance of placing.
Francesco Bere, 28/1 each-way
3.15 Longchamp, Poule d’Essai des Pouliches
In a really open affair it could pay to chance a couple of outsiders that failed to shine in their recent trials, but could improve past those that they finished behind at big odds. Both the Andre Fabre trained Wind Chimes and the Jean-Claude Rouget trained Mission Impassable fit the bill.
Wind Chimes was being aimed at the English 1,000 Guineas but it was decided to send her to the French equivalent after her fifth place finish in the Prix de la Grotte. She was undefeated in two races as a 2-yeasr-old, winning both very easily prior to making her seasonal debut. She looks much better than what she had shown here 4 weeks ago and with many of Andre Fabre’s runners needing their first run, she should be now much better for this.
Mission Impassable finished a place behind Wind Chimes when making her seasonal debut here, albeit a long way behind. She raced at the highest level as a 2-year-old and her trainer has a great record in this race. While Polydream and Musis Amica vie for favouritism, Mission Impassable finished just a head behind Polydream in the Prix Marcel Boussac and with her having the benefit of a run, she can’t be left out at 20/1 with the UK bookies.
Wind Chimes, 12/1
Mission Impassable, 20/1