Prix de Diane Preview. (17/06/2018) (Chantilly)

Sunday 17th June 2018


I’ve decided I’m going to start trying to adopt a slightly different approach on here after Royal Ascot and that’s instead of just putting picks up for 7-8 races a day I’ll be writing a couple of paragraphs on a couple of feature races on the day.

The whole reason I set the page up a few years ago was because I enjoy writing about Horse Racing and I feel that’s become slightly diluted in recent times with the emphasis firmly being on just getting selections out there. I’ll be previewing the Prix de Diane over at Chantilly this afternoon, hope you enjoy the read.


3.05 Chantilly – (Prix de Diane) (Group 1)(1m 2f)

The Prix de Diane takes centre stage over at Chantilly in France this afternoon, otherwise known as the French Oaks. It’s a Group 1 contest that’s ridden over a mile and two furlongs with twelve horses said to be taking their places in this year’s renewal.

It’s an Aga Khan horse that heads affairs at the moment in the form of Shahnaza at around the 3/1 mark on the back of her two impressive victories this term. The form of the last win which came in Listed company has been franked and she looks a typically progressive sort that’s likely to have a big say under the maestro that is Christophe Soumillon.

As expected in most top European Group 1s Ballydoyle are represented prominently in the market and that’s no different here as Happily currently just holds the second favourite mark at around 4/1 and is the mount of Ryan Moore. She’s arguably been a tad disappointing this term but still has solid form in defeat when placed in both English and Irish Guineas. If bringing that level of form to the table here she’s likely to be in the mix once again for her all conquering connections.

The only British raider in the field here comes in the form of the very smart Laurens for Karl Burke who’s yard is in flying form at the minute. She’s made a great start to life this term when runner up at Newmarket in the 1000 Guineas and followed up when winning the Prix Saint-Alary the last day. She’s around the 5/1 mark and is likely to have a big say.

Frankie Dettori gets the ride here on the Freddy Head trained Luminate for Highclere and she’s a horse that is thought highly of. She dug deep on her reappearance to get back up close home before being demoted to fifth the last day after finishing second. She’s possibly most effective on softer ground and likely will be more effective over further in time but she still has more than enough ability to play a part here and can be found trading at a general 6/1.

The other Freddy Head runner here comes in the form of the also talented With You who made an impressive start to her racing career when winning both starts as a juvenile including a Group 3. She was only narrowly beaten by Laurens the last day and she’s related to some smart sorts who excelled over this trip. Aurelien Lemaitre takes the ride and she’s also trading around the 6/1 mark.

Andre Fabre has been having a tough time of it lately but he’s got a solid contender here as he’s represented by Musis Amica for Godolphin. She won nicely on her reappearance in heavy going in a Group Three before finding it a little too sharp when fifth in her run the last day. Breeding suggests she should appreciate this trip and she couple well bounce back here for her powerful connections.


VERDICT:

You could make a case for pretty much the whole field here and I wouldn’t be overly surprised which of them won. The one I’m going to take a chance on here though is WITH YOU the Freddy Head charge. To run such a great race in a hot contest on her reappearance run the last day behind Laurens was impressive to say the least and I’ll chance her to reverse the form here and put in another bold showing.

WITH YOU – (6/1) (E/W)

Form: 11-2
Trainer: F Head
Jockey: A Lemaitre

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