Karl Burke mulling French Classic option for Ellthea

Filly one of 16 left in Sunday’s Poule d’Essai des Pouliches at ParisLongchamp

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Karl Burke could bid for Classic glory for the second Sunday in succession after Ellthea was left in this weekend’s French 1000 Guineas.

The Spigot Lodge-based handler saddled star filly Laurens to finish second in the Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket and is not ruling out letting Ellthea cross the Channel for the French equivalent – the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches at ParisLongchamp.

Ellthea won three times from seven starts as a juvenile, including a Group Three at Naas, but has not been seen on a racecourse since finishing fifth behind her stablemate Laurens in the Fillies’ Mile last October.

Burke said: “We’re basically waiting to see what the ground is like. She definitely prefers some cut in the ground.

“We entered her for the Group Three at Lingfield on Saturday (Chartwell Fillies’ Stakes), which was the first option, but it doesn’t look like she’ll get her ground there.

“We’ve left her in the French Guineas and we’ve also entered her in the 1,000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown on Sunday, so we’ll see.

“It would be a big ask to run her in the French Guineas first time out, but if the ground came up very soft, we’ll consider it.”

Ellthea was one of 16 fillies to stand their ground at the latest forfeit stage for the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches.

Richard Hannon’s Tajaanus, David Simcock’s Teppal and the Marco Botti-trained Capla Temptress are the other potential British challengers.

Aidan O’Brien’s sole remaining contender is Dundalk maiden winner Could It Be Love, while his fellow Irishman Willie McCreery has left in Liquid Amber, who finished ninth in the Guineas at Newmarket last Sunday.

The French 2000 Guineas – the Poule D’Essai Des Poulains – has 15 remaining entries.

O’Brien has left in Bond Street and US Navy Flag, John Gosden has Il Primo Sole and Kings Shield in contention while Martyn Meade looks set to send Chilean, already a winner in France this season.

Hey Gaman, trained by James Tate, and Robyn Brisland’s Zyzzyva are the other potential British raiders.

Karl Burke mulling French Classic option for Ellthea
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