Karl Burke takes Chantilly plunge with Ellthea

Kodiac filly lines up in Prix de Sandringham

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Karl Burke heads to France in search of more euros when Ellthea runs in the Prix de Sandringham at Chantilly on Sunday.

Stablemate Laurens was a Group One winner at Longchamp last Sunday and the North Yorkshire trainer again appears to have strong claims in the Group Two over a mile.

Ellthea was only beaten two lengths in the French 1000 Guineas – her first run of the campaign – and was also a Group Three winner in Ireland last year.

“I’ve been very pleased with her and this has been her target since we ran her in the Pouliches (French Guineas),” said Burke.

“She goes there in good form and probably strips a bit fitter given that was her first run of the season there last time, so we’re hopeful of a big run.

“She was only beaten two lengths, it was a great run and she didn’t get the best of runs round. She ran a bit fresh and was a bit keen for Jim (Crowley).”

Ellthea will this time be ridden by Colm O’Donoghue, who won the Irish 1,000 Guineas aboard Alpha Centauri last Sunday.

Burke added: “Any more rain would be in her favour, the softer the ground the better.

“They are calling it soft and there’s been thunder storms around so any more of them would be a big bonus.”

Altyn Orda, fifth in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket for Roger Varian, is also one of the seven runners in the Prix de Sandringham.

The Newmarket handler told www.varianstable.com: “Altyn Orda ran a super race in the 1000 Guineas and she has trained nicely since.

“The ground had just tightened up enough for her at Newmarket and she certainly won’t mind the easier underfoot conditions here.

“She looks to set the form standard based on what the runners have achieved at three, so I hope she can go very close.”

Varian also saddles Shaherezada in the Group Three Prix de Royaumont over a mile and a half.

“This is a trappy contest, but she should stay well and handle the ground. It would be great if she could make the frame,” said Varian.

Charlie Hills decided against running A Momentofmadness in the Epsom Dash in favour of the Prix du Gros-Chene, while Charlie Appleby is responsible for Rare Rhythm in the Grand Prix de Chantilly over a mile and a half.

Appleby told www.godolphin.com: “We feel that the drop back in trip is going to suit Rare Rhythm.

“He was very impressive when he won over a mile and six furlongs in the Nad Al Sheba Trophy, but I’m not sure that he quite saw out the two miles in the Dubai Gold Cup.

“His home-work has been good and it will be interesting to see how he gets on against some strong middle-distance opposition.

“He will be fine on the ground and should be competitive.”

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