Monday 1st June 2020
Author: Jordan Yates
French Guineas Preview
“As ever a warm welcome to the page where today I’m taking a look at French Guineas Day over at Deauville, rerouted from Paris Longchamp due to the French Governement’s decision on Paris tracks. Both 1000 & 2000 Guineas take place this Monday afternoon, and whilst there is obviously no contenders from the UK & Ireland there are still two very solid renewals. Here are my fancies…”
Persian King won the 2019 running of the French 2000 Guineas for Andre Fabre.
French 2000 Guineas
VICTOR LUDORUM @ 11/4
(Finishing Position: 1st)
Andre Fabre won this last year with Persian King who also sported the famous blue silks of Godolphin, as Victor Ludorum does. The three-year-old had his lofty reputation somewhat tarnished when he was beaten on debut when going off at a short price, it’s likely that he needed the outing on that occasion though as was the case for many of the yards runners. There’s a high chance that he will come on considerably for that effort at Longchamp and if doing so he’s a massive player here for the master trainer.
ARAPAHO @ 9/1 (Each Way)
(Finishing Position: 6th)
Arapaho looks the third-string here for Andre Fabre behind Victor Ludorum and Alson, however, a notable jockey booking in Pierre Charles Boudot takes the eye and I was impressed with the way he won the last day on his return run at Longchamp. He sports the silks of some powerful connections and whilst this represents a sizeable challenge he could well be up for the level of improvement that will be needed for him to feature.
Main Danger: ECRIVAIN
Godolphin also claimed the 1000 Guineas in 2019 with Castle Lady.