Sunday's card at Longchamp is headlined by the Prix Ganay. This ten-furlong Grade One is a popular starting point for horses who will end up running in huge races like the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, and four Group One winners from last year will lock horns in Sunday's renewal.
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2022 Prix Ganay Runners
Skaletti could only finish third behind Pretty Tiger on his reappearance, but made up for that defeat with a snug victory in the Prix d'Harcourt last time out.
Surprise Champion Stakes winner, Sealiway finished a close second in the Prix d'Harcourt, giving two pounds to the winner. Last year's Prix Ganay winner, Mare Australis returned from long-term injury with a fine performance in the Harcourt and Andre Fabre's five-year-old returns to defend his crown.
Joseph O'Brien runs State Of Rest, who captured Group One honours in the US and Australia last season. Skaletti' conqueror in the Prix Exbury, Pretty Tiger steps back up to Group One company. Smile Makers rounds off the field.
2022 Prix Ganay Tips
Skalleti won the Prix d'Harcourt a shade cosily, beating Sealiway by a length. Sealiway was giving the winner two pounds, but it's impossible to say that he'll turn the tables on the favourite, now both run off level weights.
The problem for Skaletti is the ground. Jerome Reynier does all his best work on deep ground and Sunday's going will be fairly quick. Mare Australis ran well on his reappearance, but he too could just find the going a little too quick to cope with on Sunday.
State Of Rest progressed quickly last season, but he did need that first run of the season when only third at the Curragh. So, with slight question marks against those ahead of him, I'm going to take a punt on PRETTY TIGER at a double-figure price.
Pretty Tiger Group Two at Saint-Cloud last season, before finishing second to William Haggas' star Dubai Honour in another big race at Deauville in the summer. Sylvain Ruis' mount returned to action with a Listed triumph on the all-weather and comfortably saw off a returning Skalleti when the two met in the Prix Exbury.
On his only previous start in a Group One, Pretty Tiger finished sixth in last year's Prix du Jockey Club, where he was beaten five lengths behind St Mark's Basilica. He may have a little to find on the four ahead of him in the market, but on the form he's shown over the last 12 months, I think Pretty Tiger is overpriced at 12/1.