Baby-faced killer George Boughey hopes Cachet can strike again and complete the Guineas double at ParisLongchamp in the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (2:15) on Sunday, live on Sky Sports Racing.
She faces stiff opposition in the form of Aiden O’Brien’s improving filly Toys trained as well as the exciting Stephane Wattel Rosaceabut these aren’t the only dangers with a number of other unexposed French fillies rising in rank.
She will have to overcome a bigger-than-ideal draw (stall 10) with eight of the last 10 winners with 7 or lower, a stat that supporters of Rosacea (stall 1) and Toy (stall 5) welcome.
British contenders Modern Games and Claymore clash
The French 2000 Guineas takes place at 2:55 pm, with the exciting foal of Jane Chapple-Hyam Claymore hoping to go one better than last time in the Craven Stakes second after the brilliant Native Trail at Newmarket.
He will take on the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Modern games which makes its seasonal return in the Poule d’Essai des Poulains.
The Chapple-Hyam team is hoping for luck in the run as it has been wooed in booth 16 with nine of the last 10 winners from booth 6 or below, and a stat link from Modern Games (stall 4) will be happy.
Leclerc looking for pole position in Paris
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc currently leads the Formula 1 drivers’ standings and is hoping for the same success at ParisLongchamp this weekend with his three-year-old foal lassaut.
The 24-year-old Formula 1 driver has bought a small stake in the Jean-Claude Rouget Classic contender who also drives France’s 2000 Guineas.
Already a winner at Longchamp this season, the Monégask-born star hopes his foal can hit the accelerator at the right time and be the first to cross the post this afternoon.
A clash of course favorites at Ripon
The Ripon feature (3:40) sees past course winners Copper And Five, Fishable, Briardale and Benadalid all go head to head in the ten-furlong Class Three handicap.
Tim Easterby’s Fishable – now 1 pound below his last win figure – will hope the step back in the journey sees the five-year-old get his head back up under jockey David Allan.
Beyond the course winners, Godolphin will hope Brilliant light may win again – the beautifully bred son of Sea The Stars should find this easier than the handicaps he contested in Meydan earlier this year.
Also at Ripon, fire flasha well-bred filly out of Galileo, makes her racecourse debut at 4:40 am in the Titanium Racing Club Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.
With a few well-bred fillies in the opposition, Michael Bell hopes his three-year-old is streetwise enough to get off the ground the first time he asks.
Watch the French 1000 and 2000 Guineas from ParisLongchamp and all the action at Ripon live on Sky Sports Racing (Sky 415 | Virgin 535) on Sunday 15 May.