Architect Tips is back with seven tips from today's action.
The opener can go to the Johnny Murtagh-trained SHARTASH (NAP) (best price 15/8), who did well to overcome being hampered to get the better of Blackbeard in the Group Two Railway Stakes back in June. I know he proved no match for Little Big Bear in the Phoenix Stakes next time but he ran well when a close-up third in the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes last month on soft ground and may have finished even closer to the eventual winner with a clear passage. He’s proven on soft ground and should have more to come, so he’s taken to make the trip to France worthwhile and come out on top.
Andre Fabre is no stranger to success at this meeting and therefore ARDENT (best price 12/1) has to merit consideration at decent odds. She built on the promise of her debut third with an easy success in a conditions race at Saint-Cloud. This is a much deeper race but she has an excellent pedigree and conditions won’t be of any concern to her either. It is also worth noting that her trainer won this twelve months ago, so this is likely to have been a long-term plan with this daughter of Frankel. With a top-class rider booked for the task ahead, she’s worth an interest at decent odds here.
BLUE ROSE CEN (best price 7/1) has a lot going for her in the Marcel Boussac. Conditions have gone in her favour as the more rain the better, given her record on soft ground reads three wins from three starts. She did very well to win over course-and-distance last time after a tardy start and should confirm the form with Start Me Up here. She’s drawn well in stall five and is open to further improvement, while her trainer is in red-hot form with four winners from his last five runners. This daughter of Churchill can make her presence felt at the highest level here.
LA PARISIENNE (best price 4/1) ran a huge race when narrowly denied by Nashwa in the Group 1 Prix de Diane and might have won with a clear passage. She proved that performance to be no fluke when extremely unlucky in the Group 1 Prix Vermeille here three weeks ago when third. She was repeatedly denied a clear run throughout the final two furlongs and once in the clear, she charged home to only be beaten around half-a-length. In the hope she gets a clear run this time round, she should go close to gaining compensation here.
ROSACEA (best price 16/1) was equally unlucky as the former in that race, in which she finished third, and has conditions to suit her here. Her one-length French Guineas fourth and subsequent running-on third behind Nashwa in the Prix de Diane when having traffic difficulties and given too much to do gives her a big chance despite her odds suggesting otherwise. She looked as though she needed her latest outing and the return to these conditions will see her go best effect. She’s three-from-four when the ground is soft or worse and is drawn well in stall seven. She makes lots of appeal at huge odds with most firms going four places.
The Platinum Queen but the Clive Cox-trained CATURRA (best price 25/1) though, who caught the eye in the Flying Five at the Curragh last time. That was his first start on soft ground and he would have finished much closer than his initial position if he had a clear run at any stage from the two furlong pole. He’s a good horse on his day and this race should be run to suit, while Tom Marquand has been booked to ride. His only previous trip to France saw him narrowly denied in a Group Three and, from a nice draw in stall four, he could go well at big odds here with Bet365, SkyBet, PaddyPower and Boylesports paying five places and most others four places.
MANGOUSTINE (best price 20/1) hasn’t been seen to best effect the last two times but if she could bounce back to her French 1000 Guineas victory, she would have place claims at the very least. The return to this course could spark a revival and conditions will be fine for her too, plus she’s one of only a couple to be proven at the highest level. The bookmakers appear to have her overpriced, so she gets the each-way vote.