Surfing The Sand

Our All-Weather expert Simon Mapletoft previews the Prix Anabaa at Chantilly on Tuesday - a Fast-Track Qualifier for the £150,000 Sprint Final at Lingfield Park on Good Friday.

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KING TO REIGN IN FRENCH FAST-TRACK QUALIFIER

KING MALPIC, who was a creditable fourth to fellow French raider Lucky Team in last year’s Mile Final at Lingfield Park on Good Friday, can confirm his place in the Sprint line-up with victory in the 6.5f Prix Anabaa at Chantilly on Tuesday (3.05).

Thierry Lemer’s versatile gelding proved he has enough speed to win this Fast-Track Qualifier when chasing home John Quinn’s El Astronaute over the extended 5f in Listed grade at Maisons-Laffitte in October.

Top international jockey Olivier Peslier, who rode him at Lingfield, is clearly keen to keep the ride on a horse who has won five of his 12 starts on the All-Weather, and he can come home strongest off what will hopefully be a true gallop.

Forza Capitano has only run once on synthetics and returns from a lay-off but is a smart performer as he proved when finishing a close third in Group 3 company at Maisons-Laffitte last October.

A Listed winner on turf at this venue, Henri Pantall’s four-year-old was also a respectable fourth to Richard Fahey’s subsequent Group 1 winner Sands Of Mali at Chantilly last spring, so commands respect.

A more familiar name to British racegoers is the six-year-old Viscount Barfield, who won the Listed City Plate at Chester in 2017 before joining Niels Petersen. He is now poised for his first start for Pia Brandt, herself no stranger to Good Friday success, and should give a good account.

Sestilio Jet has been running well since struggling to make his mark at Listed level, winning over course and distance on his latest start in November, but will need to raise his game against some smart rivals in the battle to secure a guaranteed place on Good Friday.

Another with work to do at the weights is Salt Lake City, who won over this trip at Deauville in July but has been campaigned up to 1m since leaving top trainer Robert Collet.

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