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Monday, 10 December, 2018

Key quotes for high-class quartet of supporting races in Paris

The undercard at Longchamp on Saturday features four Group 2 races
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Alongside the Group 1 Prix du Cadran there is a feast of opportunities for British and Irish trainers to get on the board, with arguably the Prix Daniel Wildenstein (4.05) the race of the day.

One of the most eagerly anticipated runners is Addeybb, who has not been seen since finding the ground too quick in the Lockinge but who was hugely progressive in the spring.

There is a fair chance there won't be enough juice in the ground for William Haggas to risk him but, even if Addeybb defects, Group 1 form is strongly represented by Moulin fourth Plumatic and Hey Gaman, who finished second on Longchamp's moyenne piste in the Poule d'Essai des Poulains in May.

The Prix Dollar (3.30) features the return of Knight To Behold, who has been patiently handled by Harry Dunlop since toppling Arc contenders Patascoy and Study Of Man at Deauville in August and is reunited with Oisin Murphy. 

Elsewhere it is a case of find your trip, with Noor Al Hawa stepping back up to nearly a mile and a quarter after finishing fourth to Alpha Centauri in the Prix Jacques le Marois, while Loxley comes back more than half a mile after failing to stay in the St Leger.

Loxley's trainer, Charlie Appleby, could have looked to the Arc itself having won the Prix Niel with Brundtland but instead is trying the unbeaten son of Dubawi at just shy of two miles in the Prix Chaudenay (1.00), a race in which he enjoys a big class advantage but has stamina to prove. 

The day ends with the Prix de Royallieu (5.10) for fillies and mares, with the Gavin Cromwell-trained Princess Yaiza facing a strong home defence, potentially led by one-time Prix de Diane favourite Shahnaza on her first try at this extended mile and a half. 

What they say

1.00 Longchamp

Qatar Prix Chaudenay (Group 2) 3yo | 1m7f (ATR/RUK)

Charlie Appleby, trainer of Brundtland
Brundtland brings a progressive profile into this race, having taken a big step up on his latest start when winning the Prix Niel. He's come out of that race well and we hope to see further improvement over this trip. James Doyle said he galloped strongly to the line in the Prix Niel and took a bit of pulling up, so hopefully this sort of distance is the right way forward. If he stays he should be the one to beat.

Brundtland and James Doyle (far side) hold off Hunting Horn in the Prix Niel at Longchamp

Carlos Laffon-Parias, trainer of Ziyad
I see the race as a match between my horse and Brundtland. It's not very often you get the winner of the Prix Niel turning up in this race, so of course I respect him. I expect to be in the first two.

3.30 Longchamp

Qatar Prix Dollar (Group 2) 3yo+ | 1m1f165y (ATR/RUK)

William Haggas, trainer of Whisky Baron
He’s looking for a mile and a quarter and is drawn wide, so the ground will be a bit of an unknown. He has solid form and as long as the ground is dry and not too loose he should run a good race.

Charlie Appleby, trainer of Loxley
Loxley blatantly didn’t stay in the St Leger and has produced some decent performances over shorter distances this season, so we're not concerned about coming down in trip. He's taken the race at Doncaster well and if he brings his best form to the table will be a serious contender.

Harry Dunlop, trainer of Knight To Behold
We had the option of supplementing for the Champion Stakes but Mr [Neil] Jones decided against that, so we waited for this. It's a tough race but hopefully the ground won’t be too firm and he’ll run a nice race. He's quite an exuberant horse and I expect him to keep on improving.

Michael Bell, trainer of Fabricate
He's had a very productive season and this was the plan immediately after he won at Windsor. We're very happy with his wellbeing and, while it’s a tough ask, hopefully he'll give a very good account of himself.

4.05 Longchamp

Qatar Prix Daniel Wildenstein (Group 2) 3yo+ | 1m (ATR/RUK)

William Haggas, trainer of Addeybb
I can’t believe it will be good to soft but I can’t take the risk of not sending him there if it is. We’ve got four races to look at the ground. But I won’t risk him on good. He's in great form and has been desperate to run but I can’t take the risk of messing him up, especially with Champions Day lurking.

Harry Dunlop, trainer of Robin Of Navan
We’re keen to showcase his talents in France with a view to a potential stallion career, so he goes there instead of Newmarket. He's in good form and has come on for his good run at Maisons-Laffitte. I expect it to be a strongly run race, which should suit him, though he needs to improve again.

Andre Fabre, trainer of Plumatic
He probably hit the front a bit soon in the Moulin, so I'll ask Maxime [Guyon] to come a bit later. For a while he looked like he'd stay out on his own in front but he just got tired in the end. If he repeats that form he should go close.

James Tate, trainer of Hey Gaman
He ran well at Newbury in the spring, after which he ran in three consecutive Group 1s in France. He needed a little break and has freshened up nicely. He's been ready to run for some time, it just hasn't rained where we wanted it to. I think the ground will be fine, and Longchamp is ideal.

5.10 Longchamp

Qatar Prix de Royallieu (Group 2) 3yo+ fillies and mares | 1m4½f (ATR/RUK)

Josephine Soudan, trainer of Maroubra
This was the logical race after the Prix de Liancourt and, although this is a little bit of a step up in trip, that ought to help her as she can take a while to warm up. She gets the weight-for-age from Palombe and is a filly who comes to herself in the autumn.

Gavin Cromwell, trainer of Princess Yaiza
She's in good nick and, while she hasn't won this season, has been running consistently well all year. Some ease in the ground would be a help, although she has good form on quick ground.

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For a while he looked like he would stay out on his own in front but he just got tired in the end. If he repeats that form he should go close
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