• Sat 22 Oct, 2016
  • 06:30 BST
  • 02:30 EST (BST-4)
  • 08:30 CEST (BST+2)

Karaktar 3/1 @ Chantilly

Paul Ferguson has one selection for us on Sunday; Karaktar in the Chantilly 14:45. Compare odds and bet.

Sunday’s Prix Du Jockey Club looks a very hot renewal but, despite the strength of the opposition, Karaktar (2:45) is taken to provide trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre with a seven success in the race.

The High Chaparral colt made a 7-length winning return in Listed company, before easing to an authorative success in the Group 3 Prix Noailles at Longchamp last month.  He proved on that occasion that he can handle better ground and he looks ready for the step up to the top level.  The selection was trading at 3-1 overnight.

The unbeaten Sumbal won a three-runner race in impressive fashion last time and, after reportedly working extremely well of late, Qatar Racing had considered supplementing him for the Epsom Derby next weekend.  They’ve opted to remain on home soil with their grey son of Danehill Dancer, who has been handed a much kinder draw than the selection, who has to overcome his wide berth.

Another posted out wide is New Bay who has the best piece of form in the book, when runner-up in the French Guineas three weeks ago.  Andre Fabre’s Dubawi colt stayed on well, without ever looking like getting close to the impressive winner Make Believe, suggesting that today’s extra quarter-mile could well suit.  He is greatly respected.

The other one that has impressed me so far this season is War Dispatch, who travelled with consummate ease last time, when winning a Group 3 here at Chantilly.  He probably didn’t end up winning as easily as it appeared likely two or three out and he does need to step forward here, a similar comment that applies to Sumbal.

Sunday’s selection:
2:45 Chantilly: Karaktar; 3/1 bet365

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