Longchamp Tips - Classic Tips on May 15th
Race 1 - French 1000 Guineas Tips
Jumbly E/W2:15pm Longchamp Emirates Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (Group 1) (3yo Fillies) 1mGET 12/1 HERE
+18 only. Gamble Responsibly. Ts and Cs apply. Ladbrokes is operated by LC International Limited (Suite 6, Atlantic Suites, Gibraltar) and licensed (ref 54743) and regulated by the British Gambling Commission for persons gambling in Great Britain. For persons gambling outside Great Britain, Ladbrokes is licensed (ref 010, 012) by the Government of Gibraltar and regulated by the Gibraltar Gambling Commissioner.
Three favourites have managed to win the Pouliches in the last ten years, a stat which will please fans of British 1000 Guineas winner Cachet, who heads the market. George Boughey's filly has, however, caught a tricky draw out in stall ten and it will be difficult for Cachet to dominate from the front from such a wide stall.
Rosacea swooped home from the rear to beat four of today's rivals rather cosily in the Prix de la Grotte on her reappearance. The odds-on favourite that day, Raclette was held up from stall one and could never get into the race. Rosacea has been placed in the lowest stall today and Stephane Wattel's filly could suffer a similar fate.
Toy looked good when winning her maiden and could make an impact in this Group One. Mqse De Sevigne recorded a comfortable reappearance win in the nine-furlong Prix Vanteaux and she too could be a player dropping down in trip.
British runners have enjoyed plenty of success in the Pouliches, with runners winning and placing from a wide range of trainers. The one I like most at the prices is British raider JUMBLY, who will relish the extra juice in the ground at Longchamp on Sunday.
Roger and Harry Charlton's filly is unbeaten on ground softer than good, and looked an excellent prospect when bolting up in the Listed Radley Stakes on her final three-year-old start at Newbury. Jumbly ran a lovely race on her reappearance, losing out narrowly to a proven miler in Wild Beauty.
Jumbly is by a Guineas winner in Gleaneagles and out of Thistle Bird, who won the ten-furlong Pretty Polly Stakes in 2014. I have no doubts that Jumbly will see out a mile and she's drawn perfectly to challenge from stall four.
Race 3 - French 2000 Guineas Tips
Since 33/1 outsider Lucayan beat 50/1 shot Californiavitality in the 2012 renewal of the Poulains, this Classic has been an excellent race for punters.
The longest priced winner we've seen in the last five years is 5/1. A low draw has proven crucial too, with nine of the last ten winners coming from stall six or lower.
Claymore and Bayside Boy are horses I have a lot of time for, but the draw hasn't been kind on either of them. Ancient Rome is much better than what he produced on his return in the Prix de Fontainbleau, but Andre Fabre's charge didn't have any excuses for that defeat and the ground may be a little too quick for him on Sunday.
The stage seems set for Charlie Appleby to reign supreme again, as Modern Games certainly seems like the one to beat. At the prices, though, I'd rather take the favourite on with LASSAUT, who made an excellent impression when winning the Prix Machado last time out.
Jean-Claude Rouget's colt made his racecourse debut on the all-weather at Deauville in December, where he came from well off the pace to finish a close third behind a couple of decent rivals. Lassaut flew home to beat Tribalist in a maiden at Chantilly, before seeing off that same rival to win the Prix Machado by a length.
Turning for home in the Machado, Cristian Demuro's mount travelled powerfully on the shoulder of the leaders. At the two pole, Demuro gave a disdainful look to the runners on his inside as he swept to the front, and Lassaut needed just a hands-and-heels ride to hold Tribalist at arm's length.
While he may be one of the least experienced runners in the field and has never been tried in pattern company until now, I'm convinced that this son of Almanzor is an extremely classy colt. If Lassaut was to beat Modern Games in this Classic, it wouldn't be a surprise.