‘She’s in great form, so here we go!’ – trainers talk about the French Guineas

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Tropbeau lands the Prix de la Grotte from Dream And Do. Photo: France Galop/scoopdyga.com

By France Galop

The first two French Classics, the Emirates Poule d’Essai des Poulains (2,000 Guineas) and Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (1,000 Guineas) take place on Monday – at Deauville because their usual home, ParisLongchamp, is out of action owing to coronavirus.

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The races are live on Sky Sports Racing at 2.50pm and 3.25pm respectively. And here’s what connections of some leading contenders had to say to France Galop …

Poule d’Essai des Poulains (2.50pm BST Deauville, Mon)

Celestin
“Ran a perfectly correct race on his return. He is without doubt better on softer ground, but he deserves to line up in the race. He’s in great form.”
Fabrice Chappet (trainer)

Ecrivain
“He ran very well in the Prix de Fontainebleau. That was just a prep race and the objective has always been the Poule d’Essai, so it was an ideal comeback race. The straight track doesn’t worry me, although I hope we’ll have good ground that isn’t too quick.”
Carlos Laffon-Parias (trainer)

Kenway
“He gave me confidence in the Prix de Fontainebleau. A lot of things did not go his way in the race, and he ran very well. He comes into the Poule d’Essai as an outsider, but he’s capable of running well.”
Frederic Rossi (trainer)

Victor Ludorum
“Andre Fabre is very happy with the colt as he’s in top form. He was too fresh in the Prix de Fontainebleau; he needed the race and it has done him good. He’s done really well since but he will nevertheless need to leave that run behind him. The only question mark we have is over the track – he’s never run on a straight track before.”
Lisa-Jane Graffard (French representative for owners Godolphin)

See the Poulains card at France Galop

Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (3.25pm BST Deauville, Mon)

Dream And Do
“Ran well on her seasonal reappearance in the Prix de la Grotte as she was a little fresh and not quite at 100% for the race. Before the trial, the Fabre fillies were the ones to beat, but I think that this Poule d’Essai des Pouliches is quite open. Dream And Do worked well, has strengthened up, and I think she can run a big race.”
Frederic Rossi (trainer)

Emoji
“She is in better shape than before the Vanteaux: she worked very averagely coming into that race, and she came into season on raceday. She struggled in the straight. I’m convinced that she is a miler but Emoji is a soft-ground filly, and it won’t be soft on Monday. However, she’s in great form in the mornings, so here we go!”
Francis-Henri Graffard (trainer)

Marieta
“Unfortunately for us, running on a straight track does not play in our favour. It’s not ideal for those horses who have limited stamina, unlike a turning track where they have a chance to take a breath but she’s in good form. The decision not to run in a prep race was mine, and I take responsibility for it. She should have run in the Prix Imprudence, but the race was removed from the programme. Tropbeau really impressed me when winning her prep, but overall these are all top-class fillies who deserve to take part in the race.”
Mauricio Delcher Sanchez (trainer)

Mageva
“Like Speak Of The Devil (see quote below), Mageva was brilliant when winning her first start – and like Speak Of The Devil, she’s a daughter of the remarkable sire Wootton Bassett who has already proved his ability to produce Classic horses. The Prix Imprudence was taken off the programme this year, so we chose to run her in the Prix du Pont-Neuf over 7f for her seasonal bow, as she has a lot of speed and can be a little keen. She had a good learning experience, finishing very well behind Arapaho, who will be running in the colts’ Classic. She is a good-ground filly, so she will have her preferred conditions.”
Fabrice Chappet (trainer)

My Love’s Passion
“The filly has been working well, and the Poule d’Essai is run at home. The fact that the Poule is now on a straight track is good news for us! On a straight, My Love’s Passion breathes well, something that not all horses are able to do. She will be an outsider, but she is still a classy filly. It just remains to be seen whether she will stay the mile. If we’re placed, we’ll be very happy.”
Yann Barberot (trainer)

Speak Of The Devil
“Speak Of The Devil won her maiden brilliantly at Deauville last October. She then had an excellent learning experience on her seasonal reappearance against the colts. She had a bad draw but she finished remarkably well, only beaten by Shinning Ocean, who has been supplemented into the Poulains, and since then she has been working very well. I would have liked to bring her to this race with another run under her belt, but with the circumstances being what they are, she won’t be the only one lining up with just two starts.
Fabrice Chappet (trainer)

See the Pouliches card at France Galop

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