Saturday, 27th Jun 2020
Way To Paris has run a string of fine races this season, so appeals most now back up in trip for the feature 1m 4f Group 1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud on Sunday (14:50).
Trained by Andrea Marcialis, the seven-year-old grey is the oldest in the field but has been in good form. Although largely campaigned as a stayer last term, he has also done well over this distance.
Following a late summer break, Way To Paris chase home subsequent Arc hero Waldgeist in the Group 2 Prix Foy at Longchamp. That run reads very well in relation to the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud.
He has also hit the frame on all three starts this year. After chasing home Shaman in the Prix d’Harcourt, he forged clear of French King in the Grand Prix de Chantilly over this distance for an impressive 4 1/2 lengths win.
On that evidence, Way To Paris has nothing to fear from re-opposing duo Folamour and Ziyad. The pair need to come on considerably for that run.
He was then a gaining head runner-up to last year’s French Derby scorer Sottsass in the extended 1m 2f Group 1 Prix Ganay at Chantilly. Way To Paris again ran on superbly and just failed to get up, reversing form with Shaman.
It was a huge effort over a trip short of his optimum. Pierre-Charles Boudot is on board again and gets a great tune out of Way To Paris.
This looks a nice opportunity for a big race success for the popular veteran. British raider Old Persian has no form on a softer surface, so that makes Way To Paris well worth a wager.
Earlier on the card is the Listed 1m Prix de Saint-Patrick for three-year-olds (13:35) in which Andre Fabre’s Arapaho can defy a penalty and resume winning ways.
This Coolmore owned Lope De Vega colt is a course winner on debut and the forecast going, and has since landed two of his four subsequent starts.
After following-up at Deauville and finishing runner-up in a Listed race, Arapaho made a winning return to action. That came in this grade at Longchamp when he was always do enough for a short-neck success over a filly.
As Arapaho gave a sex allowance away to the runner-up, it was a fine effort. Connections pitched him right in at the deep end on the back of that for the French 2000 Guineas earlier this month.
Arapaho attracted plenty of market support that day and was sent off just better than 13/2 for the Classic. Although keeping on, he never went the pace to threaten and finished a four-length sixth to stable companion Victor Ludorum.
The Prix de Saint-Patrick is a huge drop in grade from Classic company. Arapaho still managed to beat the re-opposing Reshabar in the Guineas, so should confirm form.
Given connections, and the regard they held him in to try a Group 1 last time out, he should be capable of winning this. The opposition against Arapaho has nothing to match his form, so he can land another Listed success.
While Skalleti has previous form with the re-opposing Petreville to turn around in the 1m Group 2 Prix du Muguet for older horses (13:00), he is better off at the weights from Chantilly here.
This chief supporting event on Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud day went to Plumatic last year. That horse split Skalleti and Petreville last time out.
Jerome Reynier’s charge won seven of his eight starts last season and isn’t so heavily penalised in this grade. The form of Skalleti’s success in the Group 2 Prix Dollar on Arc weekend at Longchamp has received recent boosts.
Mountain Angel, overhauled in the final furlong and beaten three-quarters of a length, landed the Listed 1m 2f Wolferton Stakes at Royal Ascot last week.
The fourth home, Leo De Fury, has also scored recently with success in the Group 2 Mooresbridge Stakes at The Curragh. That gives the form a very solid look.
Now meeting Petreville on better terms means Skalleti should at worst get a lot closer to him. The softer surface at Saint-Cloud is also a plus.
Despite the presence of French 2000 Guineas winner Persian King in the Prix du Muguet, it’s Skalleti who appeals most. The five-year-old is an each-way alternative to Godolphin’s entry and his old rival.