A Group One on a quiet Monday afternoon? Don’t mind if we do. Lewis Jones feels he has found a strong bet in today’s three-year-old feature race in France and has decided to let us know about it…
The form of the English 2000 Guineas is working out tremendously well and today is another chance for it to be put to the test in the Prix Jean Prat, run at Chantilly at 1:50 this afternoon. The race is always an intriguing contest with main players from the Newmarket, Curragh and Longchamp Guineas putting their form to the test against each other.
Trainer Richard Hannon knows what it takes to train the winner of this race having won it twice in the last four seasons and they saddle Shifting Power today. He gets my vote.
The selection finished fourth in that vintage running of the 2000 Guineas and showed that was no flash in the pan by backing that up with a solid run to finish a well beaten second in the Irish version at the Curragh, when he was dominated and brushed aside very easily by the improving Kingman.
That performance can be marked up though as he pulled clear of a field that including subsequent Jersey Stakes winner Mustajeeb, who Dermot Weld holds very highly at his base in Ireland.
The 9/4 on offer is more than fair for a horse that has already beaten the second favourite this season, Charm Spirit, despite running on the less favoured part of the track at Newmarket. I fully that expect that form to be franked and extended here, despite Charm Spirit being another very classy operator.
He proved his status as a top-class miler by winning the key trial for this race following his run in the Guineas when he finished fifth. But, he still has it to do to improve past Hannon’s strong staying type who will also relish the heavy conditions in France much more than Charm Spirit.
Here’s what Hannon had to say about Shifting Power’s chances:
“He’d have a good chance. We deliberately waited for this race after his second in Ireland and the soft ground didn’t appear to impede him there, so hopefully he’ll be okay on it.”
There is nothing in this field that frightens me about taking 9/4 about the favourite and on form, in my eyes, he should be a tad shorter. Get on the price with three point win stakes.
Profit and Loss Record P/L: +115.77
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