Andre Fabre’s French 2000 Guineas winner Victor Ludorum will attempt to win the French Derby at Chantilly next Sunday, a double which stablemate Persian King so nearly pulled off last season.
The Godolphin-owned colt was beaten for the first time in his career on his debut this season but he reversed the form with his conqueror, The Summit, in the Poule d'Essai des Poulains at ParisLongchamp.
Fabre could also run the promising Ocean Atlantique while Christophe Ferland’s Pao Alto, who beat Ocean Atlantique in the Prix la Force, is another major contender.
John Gosden’s Mishriff is among 27 colts in the Prix du Jockey Club. An impressive winner of a Newmarket listed race on his return to action, beating better fancied stablemate Waldkonig, Gosden favoured keeping him at 10 furlongs rather than stepping up in trip for Epsom.
The only other entry from Britain is Paul and Oliver Cole’s Celtic Art, runner-up in a Deauville listed race last October.
Aidan O’Brien has left in four, headed by Armory, while Joseph O’Brien can choose from seven, including Irish Derby also-ran Crossfirehurricane.
PRIX DE DIANE
Jessica Harrington’s impressive Coronation Stakes winner Alpine Star is among 17 in the Prix de Diane.
Donnacha O’Brien’s Fancy Blue could make the trip along with his brother Joseph’s New York Girl, who ran in the Irish Derby on Saturday, while their father Aidan has left in Irish Guineas winner Peaceful.
The home team is headed by Jean-Claude Rouget’s duo of Raabihah and Tawkeel.
Peter Chapple-Hyam’s Bharani Star and David Simcock’s Oriental Mystique could make the trip.