British duo do battle in Prix du Pin
PREVIEW: FRANCE, Sunday
Longchamp: Prix du Pin (Group 3) 7f
Live on ATR/RUK (2.15pm)
TWO former Jean-Claude Rouget-trained horses, who are both now trained in Britain, face off in the Prix du Pin, a trial for the Prix de la Foret at the Arc meeting.
Soft-ground specialist Garnica, now trained by Dandy Nicholls, is already a course-and-distance scorer, having won the Prix du Palais Royal back in May, while the John Gosden-trained Battle Paint has been slightly disappointing since his two-year-old days.
With Olivier Peslier claimed for Royal God, Ioritz Mendizabal takes over on leading fancy Spirito Del Vento who will be one of the favourites for the race.
Prix du Pin
Coral: 5-2 Spirito Del Vento, 7-2 Captain's Lover, 5 Belliflore, 13-2 Garnica, 8 Alnadana, 9 Royal God, 11 Mariol, 12 Battle Paint, 22 Salut D'Africain, 40 Prince Fasliyev.
Longchamp: Prix La Rochette (2yo Group 3) 7f
Live on ATR/RUK (2.50pm)
SOUL CITY (Richard Hannon/Richard Hughes) has already made his mark in France when running out the easy winner of the Listed Prix FrancoisBoutin at Deauville last month.
The son of Elusive City had the Mark Johnston-trained Jukebox Jury well back in fourth that day.
On form the best of the French is Prix Morny fourth Milanais. The Andre Fabre-trained Cafe Racer is on the upgrade, as is Racingisdreaming, an easy winner at Clairefontaine last time out.