Poetic Flare goes for the second leg of what may very well be a outstanding Guineas treble at ParisLongchamp on Sunday.
The three-year-old emulated his sire Daybreak Method in successful the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket for coach Jim Bolger and he seems only a fortnight later for the French equal – the Emirates Poule d’Essai des Poulains.
Bolger is hoping his thrilling colt can double his Traditional tally earlier than doubtlessly bidding for a hat-trick within the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas subsequent weekend.
“He is come of Newmarket nicely,” mentioned the Coolcullen handler.
“I am hoping to do all of them (all three Guineas), all going nicely.
“The draw (stall 4) is what it’s and I’ve no worries in regards to the floor.”
Bolger virtually accomplished an identical treble with Finsceal Beo in 2006. The highest-class filly gained at Newmarket earlier than being crushed a head in Paris, however bounced again to successful methods on the Curragh.
Her slim defeat within the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches is as shut because the veteran coach has come to successful a French Traditional – a report he’s eager to set straight this weekend.
He added: “She (Finsceal Beo) was second within the Pouliches and I have never had many runners (within the French Classics) – she’s the one one, I feel.”
Irish hopes are additionally carried by St Mark’s Basilica, who bids to offer Aidan O’Brien with a fifth victory within the race.
The son of Siyouni is making his first look since successful the Dewhurst at Newmarket in October.
O’Brien mentioned: “It was all the time the plan for him to run within the two-year-old race on Arc day (Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere), however he did not (due to a feed difficulty) and that’s the reason he ended up going to Newmarket.
“After that it was all the time the plan then that he would go to France for this race.
“I feel he is a miler, however when Frankie (Dettori) rode him within the Dewhurst he mentioned then he’d get additional than the Dewhurst journey, so that you’d suppose he may get a bit additional at three.”
The only real British challenger is Archie Watson’s Mehmento.
Following two wide-margin wins on the all-weather Southwell, the Hambleton Racing-owned colt ran a superb race in defeat on his turf debut when touched off by subsequent 2000 Guineas fifth Chindit within the Greenham Stakes at Newbury.
Cosmo Charlton, Hambleton Racing’s head racing supervisor, mentioned: “He is in actually good type and Archie could be very proud of him, so fingers crossed he runs nicely.
“It was solely his third begin at Newbury so hopefully there’s extra enchancment to return. It is a large step up once more. You’ve got received the 2000 Guineas winner in there and Aidan O’Brien’s Dewhurst winner, so these two are going to be laborious to beat.
“If we could be within the combine to make the body we’ll be completely delighted.”
The house staff is led by Frederic Rossi’s Sealiway, who was a runaway winner of the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere and is predicted to enhance from his comeback second within the Prix de Fontainebleau 4 weeks in the past.
“Sealiway is getting stronger. His final work was very passable. The rain will not hassle him. I hope the bottom shall be on the gentle facet,” mentioned Rossi.
“I do not suppose that there’s one specific standout horse. He’s right here to run nicely, and this with the assistance of Christophe Soumillon.”
Andre Fabre is in search of a 3rd consecutive Poulains, after Persian King and Victor Ludorum.
He depends on Parchemin, who was unbeaten in two juvenile begins however solely fifth on his reappearance within the Fontainebleau.
Lisa-Jane Graffard of Godolphin advised www.godolphin.com: “We hoped that Parchemin would have run barely higher within the Prix de Fontainebleau however he ran nicely sufficient, all issues thought of. The bottom was probably a bit fast that day however the first two residence look very sturdy contenders right here once more.
“He’s a very beautiful horse with an excellent temperament and an actual standout bodily. We’ve got seen horses flip across the type between the trial and the Traditional itself, and we’re optimistic that Parchemin can enhance on his seasonal return.”