Currently in great form, Fabrice Chappet, who regularly features in the top ten trainers in France, has his eyes firmly set on this year’s classics when he saddles no less than three runners in the Prix du Jockey Club (the French Derby), and three in the Prix de Diane Longines (the French Oaks), which for the first time will both be run on the same day, and will also be live on Sky Sports Racing.
The Chantilly-based trainer has already tasted classic success in 2017 when Precieuse lifted the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches and says: “There are only five classic races in a season in most countries, so obviously they are important and something worth thriving for.
“We came very close this year again in the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches where Speak Of The Devil only just missed out by a nose. I have to admit that in a different year we might not have had that many runners in the upcoming classics, but the programme has changed, and we are going to take our chances.”
Here, he talks Liz Price of attheraces.com about his runners in the upcoming French Classics that take place on Sunday 5 July, as well as some other horses, including an exciting juvenile, that are worth following in the future.