TRAINER André Fabre will have a strong hand in nex Monday's Poule d’Essai des Poulains and Pouliches, the first two classics of the French flat season.
Normally staged at ParisLongchamp, the two one-mile classics have been moved to Deauville this year as the Paris authorities have ruled that it is not yet safe to stage racemeetings in the area.
Fabre has three of the 11 entries for the colts' classic, the Poulains, headed by Victor Ludorum.
The Godolphin-owned runner, who was a Group 1 winner as a juvenile, suffered a surprise defeat on his return at ParisLongchamp earlier this month, but he could still take his chance along with stablemates Alson and Arapaho.
Alson was a Group 1 scorer last year before joining Fabre’s team, while Arapaho struck listed gold on his reappearance earlier this month.
The Fabre-trained Earthlight is an absentee as he recovers from a minor setback.
The Summit beat Victor Ludorum in the Prix de Fontainebleau and he is set to represent Henri-Alex Pantall. Ecrivain, who caught the eye in second in that race for Carlos Laffon-Parias, is also contention.
Laffon-Parias has another possible in Twist, while Kenway and Helter Skelter, who were fourth and sixth respectively in the Fontainebleau, also feature.
Fabre has two chances in the fillies’ equivalent, the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches. Tropbeau won her trial in style earlier in May, with stablemate Tickle Me Green back in third. Dream And Do was second and is in the mix together with fourth-placed Ellerslie Lace.
Simeen was a comfortable scorer on her reappearance and she could represent Jean-Claude Rouget.
Poulains: Alson (A Fabre), The Summit (H-A Pantall), Celestin (F Chappet), Victor Ludorum (A Fabre), Kenway (F Rossi), Helter Skelter (J.C. Rouget), Arapaho (A Fabre), Lord Wellington (Y Barberot), Reshabar (M Munch), Ecrivain (C Laffon-Parias), Twist (C Laffon-Parias).
Pouliches: Simeen (J.C. Rouget), Golden Crown (H.F. Devin), Secret Time (F Chappet), Tropbeau (A Fabre), Marieta (M Delcher Sanchez), Moasa (A Schutz), Tickle Me Green (A Fabre), Mageva (F Chappet), Desobeissance (F Vermeulen), Dream And Do (F Rossi), Porcelaine (F Chappet), Yomogi (H Shimizu), My Love's Passion (Y Barberot), Speak Of The Devil (F Chappet), Emoji (F.H. Graffard), Ellerslie Lace (M Delzangles).