Broome and Baron Samedi bid for Irish first in Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud
Hardwicke Stakes second Broome and eight-timer-seeking Belmont Gold Cup winner Baron Samedi will bid to become the first Irish-trained winner of the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (2.50) on Sunday.
Broome was runner-up in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh in May and filled the same spot behind Wonderful Tonight at Royal Ascot. The five-year-old, who is ridden by Colin Keane, finished a neck second in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere on his sole previous trip to France for Aidan O'Brien.
Baron Samedi, trained by Joseph O'Brien, has been a revelation since a gelding operation in August, rising through the ranks in handicaps before three Group/Graded-race triumphs in the Prix du Conseil de Paris, Vintage Crop Stakes and Belmont Gold Cup. He will be partnered for the first time by Mickael Barzalona.
The O'Brien contingent face some stiff opposition. Last year's Arc second In Swoop is 16-1 to go one better in the Longchamp showpiece and arrives at Saint-Cloud on the back of two victories, while Arc fourth Gold Trip is another player.
Ebaiyra is 2-2 this season with Group wins over Raabihah in the Prix Allez France Longines and Prix Corrida and bids for a first top-level success for trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre.
He said: "She's in super condition, has had time to recover from her last run and I'm very happy with her preparation. She will have some very serious rivals to tackle here and with the weather forecast as it is, I would prefer it if the ground doesn't get really deep, especially given she will be back over a mile and a half.
"I love the way the filly is progressing and it will be interesting to see her up against this level of opposition."
Nagano Gold finished second to Way To Paris in last year's running and bids to go one better, with last year's German Derby third Kaspar and Darley Prix Jean Romanet second Ambition completing the eight-runner field.
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