Sunday’s Group 1 Prix Jean Prat

Stakes Analysis of the Group 1 Prix Jean Prat from Deauville, France, a race that could produce a starter or two in this year’s Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar.

Fast Raaj

Winner of the G3 Prix Djebel (1400m) at Deauville in April, Fast Raaj struggled to get involved in the G3 Jersey Stakes (1400m) at Royal Ascot subsequently. He is a specialist over this distance and can play a major role.

Colosseo

Colosseo returns to a shorter distance after a good second in the G1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains (1600m) behind dual Classic winner St Mark’s Basilica. That was a career best performance from the Street Boss colt, and it will be interesting to see how he fares after a break. It will be Colosseo’s first attempt over less than 1600m.

Naval Crown

From the Charlie Appleby yard in Newmarket (UK), Naval Crown has featured in some of the best UK races of the season, including a fourth in the G1 2000 Guineas (1600m) at Newmarket (UK). His second in the G3 Jersey Stakes (1400m) is the strongest piece of form in the race and he looks very capable of winning. Godolphin has a good winning record in this race.

Erasmo

Erasmo is chasing a third consecutive win and made a successful step up in class when winning the G3 Prix Paul de Moussac (1600m) at Chantilly. He was a Listed winner over 1400m at Longchamp prior and can feature in the closing stages if continuing to progress.

Midtown

Midtown is unbeaten after two racecourse starts. He caught the eye on second outing with a comfortable two length success in the Listed Prix Herod (1400m) at Chantilly last November. This Andre Fabre trained colt is making his seasonal reappearance and is a full brother to Black Type performer Laieth. The Dubawi colt is open to further improvement and is another runner for Godolphin.

Mehmento

UK representative, Mehmento caught the eye with a comfortable two length success in a conditions race at Epsom Downs over 1400m in early June. He struggled in the G2 Jersey Stakes (1400m) subsequently and would need to find more.

Laws of Indices

The Ken Condon trained Law of Indices has been racing consistently at a good level and closed off his juvenile season with a third in the G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardare (1400m) behind Sealiway. He was fifth in the G1 Commonwealth Cup (1200m) and may appreciate the slight step up in trip.

Thunder Moon

Thunder Moon was an exciting juvenile, winning the G1 National Stakes (1400m) at the Curragh and placing third in the G1 Dewhurst Stakes (1400m) at Newmarket behind subsequent dual Classic winner St Mark’s Basilica. He has struggled in both starts over 1600m this year and could stage a revival over a shorter distance.

France ChantillyBest Lightning

Best Lightning is a German representative and finished second in the G2 German 2000 Guineas (1600m) at Cologne. He followed up with a second behind Erasmo in the G3 Prix Paul de Moussac (1600m) at Chantilly and drops in trip.

Battleground

Battleground was arguably one of the best two-year-olds for Aidan O’Brien last year, ending the season with a second in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (1600m). He out-ran his odds when third in the G1 St James’ Palace Stakes (1600m) at Royal Ascot and is probably better over 1400m. With the stable currently in-Group One winning form, he could further improve.

Wembley

One of two runners for in-form trainer Aidan O’Brien, Wembley will be looking to recapture his best from his juvenile campaign. His second behind St Mark’s Basilica in the G1 Dewhurst Stakes (1400m) is a useful piece of form but he has failed to run up to that level in three starts in 2021.

Valloria

Valloria takes a step up in grade after a win in the Listed Prix Volterra (1600m) at Longchamp in June. Though progressive she faces a very competitive field.

Reina Madre

Reina Madre impressed with a hard-fought success in the G3 Prix Imprudence (1400m) at Deauville in April but failed to make an impression in the G1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (1600m) subsequently. She returns to her preferred distance.

 

WIN – NAVAL CROWN

DARK HORSE – LAW OF INDICES

 

Source: French PMU