Hugo Palmer has a chance of some Group success in France on Friday afternoon with his 2yo colt Koropick. Read on for the Betfair Ambassador's exclusive thoughts on the race...
"I don't think they have had any rain at the course for a while but they have been watering, so I hope the ground is okay. This has been the obvious target for him since Newmarket."
13:45 Maisons-Laffitte - Koropick
This is basically an English race, so at least we can all get a decent handle on the form. And I think my colt is in with a winning chance.
I thought he was going to finish nearer last than first at one point in the Middle Park last time but he stuck on really well in the closing stages. That was a step forward from his Kempton second and all the more meritorious given the ground was quick and ideally he wants to get his toe in.
I don't think they have had any rain at the course for a while but they have been watering, so I hope the ground is okay. This has been the obvious target for him since Newmarket.
The home team are headed by Sans Equivoque, who won a Group 3 here last time from King Of Spades and Fas, who both re-oppose, but that form doesn't look overly-strong. And Boos was beaten by my Afandem in a modest Listed race at Vichy in July.
Delectation was undeniably impressive when winning at Ayr last time and rates a big danger but, for all her potential, I am not sure about the strength of that form, as the runner-up was well beaten next time.
Charlie (Fellowes) thinks a lot of his horse Moonlit Show, who won a Listed race at Fairyhouse last time, but I just wonder whether she got a soft lead there, while we know Nations Alexander is capable in this grade. I am hopeful.