Paul Ferguson has one selection for us on Sunday; Beauty Parlour (1/1) in the 2:45 at Chantilly. Compare odds and bet.
The pick of Sunday’s action comes from Chantilly in France where the Prix De Diane (French Oaks) takes centre stage.
Aidan O’Brien sends over two fillies, including the potentially top-class Kissed, a filly I am very fond of. Pulled out due to quick ground at Epsom, she looks a proper middle-distance performer in the making and will benefit further once stepped up to 1m4f.
She is likely to make a bold show from the front this afternoon and she will get her ground but, over this extended 1m2f trip, I just fear she may be done for a bit of speed on this track.
O’Brien’s second string Up finished runner-up in the French 1,000 Guineas behind this afternoon’s favourite Beauty Parlour (2:45) and it’s hard to envisage her reversing form.
The selection is now unbeaten in four career starts and, after making a winning reappearance in April, Christophe Soumillon compared her with the brilliant Zarkava. She certainly showed a fine turn of foot that day, as she did when winning the Poule D’Essai Des Pouliches last time, comfortably holding Up by a length.
The step up in trip ought to bring about further improvement and the daughter of Deep Impact can complete the illustrious French Classic double, something achieved in recent seasons by Divine Proportions (2005), Zarkava (2008) and Golden Lilac (2011).
Elie Lellouche’s filly was trading at Evens with Coral overnight.
2:45 Chantilly Beauty Parlour (1/1)
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