Today on Sky Sports Racing: Modern Games aim for Prix du Jockey Club glory as Charlie Appleby chases double classic | Race News
With the Epsom Derby in the rear-view mirror, attention turns to the French equivalent of Chantilly, live only on Sky Sports Racing on Sunday.
3.00 whipped cream – Strong British and Irish challenge by Appleby star
modern games will try to emulate last year’s Group One winner Qatar Jockey Club Prize (3.00) St. Mark’s Basilica and disembark the French classic double.
Charlie Appleby’s colt, who will emerge from the box 13 out of 15, scored four straight wins at ParisLongchamp last month as he won the French 2000 Guineas in style.
He’s keen to score again but face a star-studded list of rivals, including Aidan O’Brien’s pair the acropolis and Ivy League.
The home challenge is led by Al Hakeem for trainer Jean-Claude, four-time winner of the Prix du Jockey Club. A three-time winner on the track, Al Hakeem set a career high by picking up a Listed prize for the one-and-a-quarter mile trip in early May.
El Bodegon (James Ferguson) and imperial fighter (Andrew Balding) completes the British team.
2.20 Chantilly – Entrance Hardwicke Grocer Jack continues his globe-trotting tour
A two-time Group 2 winner in Germany before moving to William Haggas’ Newmarket base, Grocer Jack goes to France for Chantilly Grand Prix (2.20)with Tom Marquand booked to ride.
The five-year-old, who holds a stake in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown, finished fifth in the Neom Turf Cup on his first start for the new yard and is now returning to group company of them.
Winner of the Prix Ganay last year Australis mare drop in rating after finishing fourth in ParisLongchamp’s early May 2022 feature film renewal.
4.20 Chantilly – €2m buys Purplepay stars for Haggas
Haggas and Marquand could complete Group 2 double with €2m purchase purplepay a favorite to win the Sandringham Price (4.20).
The former Criterium International third was only sixth in Group 1 company on her first start for the new team when she was sent to the Curragh for the Irish 1000 Guineas.
Oaks Farm Stables Fillies’ Stakes Winner Fonteyn joins the Group company for the first time after passing the Listed competition at York last month.
William Buick goes around Jérôme Reynier Pennine Hillswho also won at Listed level last time over course and distance on his first start since leaving Joseph O’Brien.
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