Greffulhe: Classic crossroad

Greffulhe: Classic crossroad

The Prix Greffulhe (Gr2) is generally contested in May at Saint-Cloud, the only left-hand flat racecourse in the Paris region. This year, due to the health crisis, it takes place this Saturday, June 6 in Lyon-Parilly, on one of the most beautiful turf courses in the country. It would remain suitable to prepare the Epsom Derby, scheduled this year on July 4 but with no entry from the Continent, the race will only serve the French Derby, disputed on July 5, but on the right-hand Chantilly course and over 2,100m, a distance of one hundred yards shorter than that of the 2020 “Greffulhe”, run over 11 furlongs due to the configuration of the Parilly course. Of course, the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris (Gr1) is still a long-term possibility, even though it takes place this year in September.

Nine colts were confirmed at the start of this early Derby, including five trained in the provinces.

  • 1. MKFANCY (c3, FRA by Makfi and Fancy Green, by Mutathir) Rating: 108lbs

Beaten by Victor Ludorum, who won the Qatar Jean-Luc Lagardère (Gr1) and the Emirates Poule d’Essai des Poulains (French 2,000 Guineas, Gr1) on Monday, for his debut, he won twice then including the Critérium de Saint-Cloud (Gr1) in heavy terrain. Second on the all-weather for his return in 2020, he finished last in the Prix La Force (Gr3) recently over 9 furlongs.

He was supplemented here and is entered in the Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby, Gr1) and the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris (Gr1).

  • 2. IN SWOOP (c3, IRE by Adlerflug and Iota, by Tiger Hill) Rating: –

He started his career on May 15 on this course with a fairly clear victory, when he notably beat Salesman, second since in the Prix de Suresnes (L).

Her mother won the German Diane prize (Gr1) and mother of Ito (Adlerflug), Group 1 winner across the Rhine at age 4.

He is entered in the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris (Gr1).

  • 3. MAKI MAKI (c3, FRA by Makfi and Gifted Icon, by Peintre Célèbre) Rating: 91lbs

Second to the good Patzefredo last year in a Listed after his victorious debut, he finished fifth for his return to competition, again in Marseilles, just behind the same rival, in a race won by Cléod’Or, whom he finds again at the start here.

He is entered in the Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby, Gr1) and the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris (Gr1).

  • 4. LOQUITO (c3, GB by Night of Thunder and Mujabaha, by Redoute’s Choice) Rating: 88lbs

He won this winter on his second outing, over 10 furlongs, then finished second in the Prix Policeman, the Cagnes “Derby”, behind Fantastic Spirit, who then won at Listed level in Bordeaux.

For his return to competition on this course, he finished second after having travelled along the winner in the lead.

He is entered in the Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby, Gr1).

  • 5. GOLD TRIP (c3, by Outstrip and Sarvana, by Dubai Destination) Rating: 93lbs

He is still a maiden after three outings, two of which resulted in a second place, for his debut in October in Deauville beating Salesman (like In Swoop in another race), and behind Port Guillaume for his return in 2020, over 10.5 furlongs at Saint-Cloud. He must have improved on that.

He is entered in the Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby, Gr1) and the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris (Gr1).

  • 6. CHACHNAK (c3, by Kingman and Tamazirte, by Danehill Dancer) Rating: 100lbs

His dam finished second in the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (French 1,000 Guineas, Gr1) and the Prix de Diane (French Oaks, Gr1), and he started his own career with a maiden win at Vichy, confirmed in a Class 1 race on this very course. Sixth in the Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère (Gr1), then in a Marseilles Listed, he finished third for his return and in the Prix La Force (Gr3), three lengths behind Océan Atlantique, winner of the Prix de Suresnes (L) last Monday.

He was supplemented in this race and is entered in the Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby, Gr1).

  • 7. LAOCOON (c3, FRA by Whipper and Andie, by Rashbag) Rating: –

He started is career recently in Libourne with an easy victory and will try to confirm immediately at the best level.

  • 8. CLEOD’OR (c3, FRA by Anodin and Foxxy Cleopatra, by Slickly) Rating: 88lbs

He ran ten times before winning his first race, last year on the Marseilles-Vivaux all-weather in October. This season, however, he won his last two outings, again at Vivaux and then on the Marseilles-Borély turf, in the Prix Georges Trabaud, a benchmark race in Provence.

9. INFLUX (c3, IRE by Golden Horn and Steel Princess, by Danehill) Rating: 88lbs

Purchased £ 100,000 in England as a yearling, out of a Prix Cleopatre (Gr3) winner, and brother of a Canadian Group 1 winner, he started with a second place at Toulouse, then in a maiden for his comeback, again at Toulouse, and finally won very easily at Salon-de-Provence.

He is entered in the Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby, Gr1) and the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris (Gr1).

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