British duo ready for
Prix de Conde raid
Preview: France, Sunday
Longchamp: Prix de Conde (Group 3) 1m1f, 2yo
YORKSHIRE-based trainers mount a twin assault on a race which as recently as 12 months ago provided the springboard for Morandi en route to winning the Group 1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud.
Mark Johnston sends Double Bluff for a first attempt at pattern level after easily shedding his maiden status on the second attempt at Goodwood.
As his name suggests stamina is unlikely to be a problem for the Azamour colt, who runs in the colours of Ron Huggins and whose dam is a half brother to the owner's Ascot Gold Cup hero Double Trigger.
"He only got beaten on his debut through being green and he stays well for a two-year-old so, we won't be letting them turn it it into sprint," reasoned trainer's son Charlie Johnston. "There has been a degree of cut on both his starts and, while it will be much softer on Sunday, that should also make it a true test."
Rising Breeze travelled to Longchamp for last month's Group 3 Prix des Chenes, only to finish well adrift of the reopposing Elliptique and runaway winner Ectot.
"He finished quite distressed last time and may have got his tongue over the bit so that wasn't at all his running," explained trainer Karl Burke. "We like him and we're sure he's better than that."
Aside from Elliptique the only other runner to have earned black type to date is the Alex Pantall-trained Salai, an easy winner of the Listed Crietrium de l'Ouest at Craon.
The feature race on the card is nominally the Group 2 Prix du Conseil de Paris over 1m4f, a race which has been won by the likes of Pride and Cirrus Des Aigles within the last ten years.
Whether any of the six runners can scale the heights achieved by that pair looks doubtful, with most looking fully exposed.
The exception could be Darbadar from the Mikel Delzangles yard, who not only receives the three-year-old weight allowance but escapes any penalty, having only been beaten half a length when fourth in a blanket finish to the Prix Chaudenay on Arc weekend.