24 hours after the British Derby will be run at Epsom, French racing's
equivalent of this Classic takes place at Chantilly. 15 talented colts from around Europe will enter the stalls ahead of the Prix du Jockey Club, which was first held at Chantilly in the 1830s.
We've taken a look through the betting for Sunday's main event and picked out our best Prix du Jockey Club tips.
2022 Prix du Jockey Club Odds
*Odds taken from William Hill on 4/6/22*
2022 Prix du Jockey Club Runners
Only three of the last 15 winners of this historic race have come from a stall wider than ten. Runners have been able to challenge, and even win from wider gates though, so I wouldn't rule anyone out on the basis of the draw.
One thing we do know for sure is that it pays to come from off the pace. The last horse to make all and win the Prix du Jockey Club was 2007 winner Lawman, so if the horse you've backed goes to the front early, I'd be extremely worried.
Modern Games tops the betting, after an impressive win in the French 2000 Guineas. Despite a slight stumble leaving the stalls, William Buick bounced his mount out into a prominent position and asserted in the closing stages to win his second Group One by over a length.
Looking at his breeding, Charlie Appleby's star should be able to get this trip. However, a wide draw out in stall 13 is enough to put me off backing the market leader at his current price of 2/1.
Onesto looked impressive when beating Andre Fabre's favourite, Agave in the Prix Greffulhe last time out. Francois Chappet also runs Listed winner Machete, with Andre Fabre pushing the talented Ancient Rome up in trip for the first time.
Jean-Claude Rouget has won this Classic with Brametot, Almanzor and Sottsass in recent years. He throws four of his best colts into the mix, including trials winners Al Hakeem and Vadeni, who both sit prominently in the market.
2022 Prix du Jockey Club Tips
With William Buick riding the only Godolphin runner in the field, the in-form Mickael Barzalona picks up the ride on Rouget's third-string, LASSAUT. I backed Lassaut when he ran in the French 2000 Guineas last time out and feel he will improve greatly for this step up in trip.
Cristian Demuro's mount was slowly away that day, and proceeded to run in snatches, finding himself outpaced at various stages. Entering the home straight, Demuro darted towards the inside rail to try and make up some ground and Lassaut managed to cross the line a three-length fifth, one place behind Ancient Rome.
Lassaut is by one of Rouget's former winners of this race, Almanzor, and his dam is out of a former Derby and Arc winner in Sinndar, so there's no doubting he should improve for this step up in distance. Barzalona is yet to ride the winner of the Prix du Jockey Club, but he's come awfully close on a number of occasions and this four-time Classic-winning jockey has been striking 26% over the last two weeks.