15:15 Chantilly - War Decree
This is a smaller field than usual for a French Derby, but I don't think it makes my task any the easier on War Decree. I imagine he will be one of the outsiders after beating only one home in the Craven on his reappearance and being unproven over this trip.
But he was entitled to need that first run back - his first since beating Thunder Snow in the Vintage Stakes last July - and that Goodwood win doesn't look too bad now, and if he stays he hopefully can be competitive in this Classic. The trip is the big, and obvious, question mark for him, though he is clearly a very talented horse on his day.
Aidan also runs Orderofthegarter, who stuck on really well when fifth to Brametot in the French 2,000 Guineas last time, and he beat the stable's other runner, Taj Mahal, at Leopardstown previously. The step up in trip promises to really suit the Galileo colt, for all he needs to improve a fair amount.
Fellow raiders Rivet, Bay Of Poets and D'bai will all have their supporters but the home team look very strong as per usual, and I would imagine Brametot will be favourite, and Recoletos looked very good when beating Waldgeist last time.
It's an open enough race but Brametot sets the form standard and he is bred to handle this step up in trip. He is the one to beat.