Five Group races are on the card at Chantilly on Prix de Diane’s day this Sunday. The reason I focus on the Group races today is that the other contests are handicaps reserved to amateur lady-riders and apprentices from all over the globe and although some horses seem to have real chances, the inexperience of their partners may lead to too many surprises.
At 1.45pm, seven three-year-olds line up for the Group III Prix Paul de Moussac run over a mile. A game third in the G.I Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère last year after winning his first two runs, ANODOR had his preparation delayed this season and made a late comeback in the Poule d’Essai des Poulains without any prep-race, finishing seventh of ten. He looked in big troubles two furlongs from the finish line that day but managed to pick up in the final yards and looking at it closely, it was a fair run of which he has come out in great order according to his trainer Freddy Head. The son of Anodin will surely have come on for this effort and it is interesting to see him fitted with blinkers for the first time today. His 2018 form is rock solid, and he looks all set to give Freddy Head a much-needed win since the trainer had a difficult year so far.
All eyes will be on the Aga Khan’s filly SIYARAFINA in the Prix De Diane at 3.05pm. The daughter of Pivotal did not sparkle when winning the Group I Prix Saint-Alary last time out but still, it was a comfortable Group I success for a horse that was not at the top of her game, an impression that was later confirmed by jockey Christophe Soumillon and trainer Alain de Royer-Dupré who admitted that she would need to put in a much better performance in order to win the Diane. However, her previous success in the Prix du Louvre on 22 April was far more impressive and she would just need to be in the same form to win today. I firmly believe the meticulous Alain de Royer-Dupré will have her spot on for the race and I’m confident she will overcome her poor draw and justify her very short starting price.
At 5.00pm the Qatar Derby Pur Sang Arabian Group 1 Stakes is for Arab Thoroughbreds. We have a good racing circuit for these horses in South-West France but the biggest races are run at Chantilly, Saint-Cloud and Paris Longchamp. No wonder why trainers from South-West France have eight of the ten runners, the other two being trained in Qatar by Julian Smart. A close second to Marid in a Saint-Cloud Group I at the end of last year, DERYAN made little work of his opponents on his winning return to action at La Teste at the end of April and had five of today’s rivals behind him that day, including Marid. He has since been kept fresh for today’s race and will once again be very hard to beat.
My final bet of the day is in the Group III Prix Bertrand du Breuil at 5.35pm. André Fabre’s TRAIS FLUORS seems to meet a task well within his range. He was third in this race last year after finishing a distant third in the 2018 Prix d’Ispahan. He finished once again on the podium in the Ispahan this year but went much closer this time and today’s field looks weaker than it was last season. He seems to be a solid bet to end the day.
Laurent's Best Bets:
1.33 Chantilly - Prix Paul de Moussac
3.02 Chantilly - Prix De Diane
5.00 Chantilly - Qatar Derby Pur Sang Arabian
5.35 Chantilly - Prix Bertrand du Breuil