French Derby winner Study Of Man returns to action in Wednesday’s Prix Guillaume d’Ornano at Deauville as he continues his build up towards a crack at next month’s Irish Champion Stakes.
Pascal Bary’s colt will be ridden by Stephane Pasquier as usual and takes on six rivals including Patascoy, who was runner-up at Chantilly, as well as John Gosden’s Crossed Baton and Harry Dunlop’s Knight To Behold.
Study Of Man is owned by the Niarchos Family and their racing manager Alan Cooper said: “We’re very much looking forward to seeing him back in action.
“It’s a comeback race and hopefully he will acquit himself very well.
“The Irish Champion Stakes is the plan after this. This is the program Pascal has mapped out for a long time.
“He handles most ground so I don’t think the ground will be an issue. There was rain on Sunday after racing, but it has been dry since.
“It is a very strong race, it is very valuable and I understand France Galop are hoping in time that maybe it can even be more important. Not having a penalty for his Group One win makes it a unique race.
“It’s his comeback race and we’ll know more afterwards.”
Also in the field is Andre Fabre’s Prix Eugene Adam winner Gyllen.
“He’s a lovely, honest colt, who tries his hardest,” Fabre told www.godolphin.com.
“He ran a very game race last time and he’ll need to have shown some improvement if he is to win again here.”
Chris Wall’s First Sitting will attempt back-to-back wins in the Prix Gontaut-Biron, but appears to face a stiff task against Fabre’s Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Talismanic, who is on the comeback trail after flopping in the Dubai World Cup.
“He has his first start after a short holiday following the trip to Dubai. He’s well and happy in himself but he can be a bit lazy at home, so we’ll know a bit more after the race,” said Fabre.
Fabre also runs Wren’s Day, who was last seen chasing home Cracksman in the Prix Ganay.
“He had a hard race in the Ganay and he really needed time to recover. But he appears to be in good form and hopefully he’ll run well here,” he added.
Charlie Appleby’s Poetic Charm is the sole British runner in the Prix de Lieurey, a Group Three over a mile for fillies.