The Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris is undoubtedly the Tuesday highlight and there could be a British-trained winner.
Unusually for a Tuesday we have some Group 1 action to look forward to, with Longchamp staging the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris (due off 6.25pm).
There’s strong British interest too with William Haggas’ Derby third Storm The Stars and David Simcock’s Balios amongst the six-runner field, which also includes Ballydoyle’s Archangel Raphael, who is the outsider of the lot according to the betting.
Favouritism goes to Ampere who is bidding to give his trainer Andre Fabre a remarkable 14th success in this race and lines up here unbeaten in two starts. His latest success came in the Prix Hocquart over 1m3f on easy ground in May and, given his connections and potential, he’s entitled to be heading the market.
However, the horses he beat last time have hardly advertised the form since – the second Cape Clear Island beat only one home in the Tercentenary at Royal Ascot – and that leaves him with quite a bit of ground to make up on the British runners strictly on form.
Storm The Stars followed up his fine Derby effort by chasing home Jack Hobbs in the Irish equivalent and, if afforded an easy lead like at the Curragh, he won’t be easy to pass. This is his seventh run of the season, though, and there’s no guarantee he will run up to peak form again, whereas there is almost certainly better to come from BALIOS.
He was having just his second start of the season, and third overall, when impressively landing the King Edward VII Stakes over this trip at Royal Ascot and the form of that race was given a boost when the runner-up Mr Singh won the Bahrain Trophy on his next start to put himself into the St Leger reckoning.
Jamie Spencer rode a good waiting race on him at the royal meeting, coming with a strong late run to win with plenty in hand, and it’s hoped he doesn’t allow Storm The Stars too much rope on front this evening. That could prove fatal, but the selection is still preferred and not least for the fact he is the biggest price of the pair with some firms and might be bigger still on the pari-mutuel.
He’s a 3/1 shot with bet365, who allow you to take pari-mutuel odds – locate the race via their homepage left-hand menu and click on ‘Pools’ to the right of ‘Fixed Odds’.
All odds were correct at time of posting.