French Guineas Trials Day preview: Victor Ludorum a strong fancy at Longchamp

Published on: May 9, 2020
Author: Jamie Clark
2020 French Guineas Trials Day preview includes Victor Ludorum

French Guineas Trials Day goes ahead at Longchamp on Monday with a bumper card. In the 1m Group 3 Prix de Fontainebleau for colts (11:55), Victor Ludorum is all the rage to continue his undefeated record.

Trained by Andre Fabre for Godolphin, this son of Shamardal is a Group 1 winner over the trip. His victory in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at this venue on Arc weekend is clearly the best form on offer.

Prior to that success at the highest level, Victor Ludorum won minor contests here and at Chantilly.

There is nothing for him to fear from re-opposing trio Ecrivain, Helter Skelter and Kenway who are all playing for places.

Victor Ludorum has seen the Lagardere form franked by the runner-up Alson. That one beat the third home, Armory, again in a rematch in the Criterium International.

Outside of that Group 1 form, Pisanello has race fitness on his side.

After landing a Listed contest at Chantilly on reappearance, he is an each-way alternative at 12/1 with Unibet to those that contested the Lagardere.

This is all about Victor Ludorum, though. He is a best-price 4/6 with SportNation but thoroughly deserving of his status as odds-on favourite.

If he is to live up to his reputation and go on to the French Classics, then Victor Ludorum has to win this for Fabre.

Tropbeau gets Prix de la Grotte vote on French Guineas Trials Day

The same trainer also has Tropbeau – the favourite in the fillies’ Classic trial, the 1m Group 3 Prix de la Grotte (12:25).

Owned by Lady Bamford, this daughter of Showcasing shaped like this trip would suit her last season.

Tropbeau progressed after starting over too short a distance. Following an easy introduction to racing when sixth at Maisons-Laffitte, she quickly notched a hat-trick.

Those wins included the Group 2 Prix du Calvados over 7f at Deauville last summer. Tropbeau asserted herself on the straight course there after previously landing a Group 3 on the round circuit.

She was then an unlucky third when dropping back to 6f for the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stud Stakes at Newmarket last autumn.

Tropbeau was short of room approaching the final furlong and, although staying on, got hampered again.

This test on French Guineas Trials Day should pose her no problems. Tropbeau is 6/4 with Betfred here and preferred to main market rival Khayzaraan on the strength of her form.

Although Freddy Head and Hamdam Al Maktoum’s filly has been impressive in winning two minor contests over the trip, it doesn’t amount to what Tropbeau has achieved.

Those looking for an each-way angle into the Prix de la Grotte should consider Dream And Do. Trained by Frederic Rossi, this Siyouni filly chased home Savarin on her debut at Deauville.

The winner came out and landed a Group 3 when next in action. Dream And Do won all three of her subsequent starts, including over a mile at Marseille.

She has progressed to land a Group 3 at Maisons-Laffitte when completing her hat-trick. Standout odds of 8/1 with Coral thus look solid each-way value for Dream And Do.

Take Sottsass on in Prix d’Harcourt

In the feature 1m 2f Group 2 Prix d’Harcourt (13:05), French Derby victor Sottsass heads the betting with bookmakers but a case can be made against him.

Although respected as a Classic winner and on his fine third behind Waldgeist and Enable in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, he has put poor performances in first time out in each of the last two seasons.

As Sottsass is also giving weight all-round on French Guineas Trials Day, an odds-on price just doesn’t appeal.

Main market rival Shaman has never done the trip either, so in a race lacking depth each-way bets look the way forward.

Simona is a filly in-form and race fit. She has won both her starts this season, including her first try over this trip in a Group 3 at Saint-Cloud when last in action.

Francis-Henri Graffard’s four-year-old by Siyouni made all the running on heavy ground in March. She ran on when pressed two out, so looks well worth a crack on the upgrade at 10/1 with Ladbrokes here.

Of those at even bigger odds, Fabre saddles another Godolphin entrant in Syrtis. This Frankel colt has placed three times at trips further than a mile and also goes well fresh.

Syrtis had a spin on the all-weather at Chantilly in March over too short a distance. That looks to have been a pipe opener for other things.

Fabre has won the Prix d’Harcourt a record 10 times, so Syrtis is of interest given connections. He could well outrun his odds of 20/1 with Coral and into the places.