This year’s Prix De Diane or as it’s otherwise known as the ‘French Oaks’ looks to be an absolute cracker of a renewal, and it’s taking place on this fine Sunday afternoon at Chantilly.
At the top of the market of what is a fairly big field is Shutter Speed for John Gosden. John sends this one here specifically after missing the English Oaks at Epsom which he won with Enable. The significance to that victory for Enable is pretty key here as Shutter Speed beat Enable quite comprehensively on their seasonal debut’s in an albeit lower contest at Newbury, but it still significantly boosts the form of Shutter Speed. She’s unbeaten in her first three starts and won the Group 3 Musidora Stakes at York last time out, I was there that day to witness that victory and she was impressive in ground that she clearly hated.
AP O’Brien sends 1,000 Guineas second and English Oaks second Rhododendron here in a bid to finally get a big win to her name. She got a troubled passage in the 1000 Guineas when staying on behind stablemate Winter, who we all know then went on to to romp home in the Irish equivalent. However she was quite comprehensively beaten by Enable when a short price in the English Oaks but did pull considerably clear of the others in the run in. She’s a horse that clearly has a lot of talent and should certainly go close here as her price of 15/8 suggests.
Terrokova looks to be the best of the home challengers for Freddy Head. She is an exceptionally bred filly and has matched that on the track winning her first two starts including a Group 3 last time out. It looks as though Maxime Guyon will take the ride here in the famous Solow colours, i’m a huge fan of Maxime and this one looks like a real threat to the two at the top of the market and is at a very backable price of 11/2.
Selections: Shutter Speed 15/8 – Terrokova 11/2 E/W