French Raiders Primed For Royal Ascot
By Craig Jones for Knightsbridge Bloodstock
Trainers from all around the world target Royal Ascot as the place to be and if they have any horses capable of running there, they don’t hesitate to send them over. French horse racing trainers have had a good record at the meeting for a number of years and they have supported the meeting for a very long time. This year looks to be no different, with a few horses heading across the English Channel looking to pick up prize money at the biggest horse racing meeting in the world.
The French had two winners at the Royal meeting last year, and three the year before, a number they would love to replicate this season. Last year, Usherette took the Duke Of Cambridge stakes and Qemah took the Coronation Stakes. Qemah returns to the meeting this year to run in the Duke Of Cambridge stakes and looks to be one of the main challengers from France this week.
She returns to Royal Ascot, looking to pick up her second win at the meeting and she has a great chance of doing so. Her trainer, Jean-Claude Rouget has opted to wait a day and swerve a clash with Ribchester, who looks a very tough nut to crack in the Queen Anne. Instead she takes on her own sex in the Duke Of Cambridge and should go close if she runes her race.
Elsewhere, Andre Fabre sends Le Brivado across to take part in the Jersey Stakes on Wednesday. This used to be a big race but with the creation of the Commonwealth Cup, this race has taken a back seat and lost some of its quality. With that in mind, this improving colt looks to have a great chance of picking up a Royal Ascot win. His form behind Brametot has been franked recently and with Andre Fabre saying that 7f is his optimum trip, we should see a big run from this exciting colt.
The final French raider I have picked out is Precieuse who is trained by Fabrice Chappet. He won the French 1000 Guineas earlier this season and goes for another big pot this week. Things won’t be easy though, with dual classic winner Winter expected to line up in Friday’s Coronation Stakes.
Elsewhere, the French have further chances but these three look to be their best three chances of a win. It would not be a surprise to see them pick up a win from somewhere, they are very experienced at doing that after all. They know what it takes to win at Royal Ascot, they have past experience doing it and will be hopeful on the day.
Qemah looks to be the best chance of a French winner this week and I am very excited to see her return to the Royal meeting in the Duke Of Cambridge on Wednesday.
With just one day to go, the countdown is on to Royal Ascot, the biggest and best horse racing meeting in the world.
Craig Jones covers Global Horse Racing for Knightsbridge Bloodstock