Ryan crosses the Channel on Sunday for a crack at the Group 1 Prix Jean Prat aboard Gustav Klimt. Get his exclusive verdict here...
"As so many of Aidan's do, he is improving with his racing and followed up his Irish Guineas third with a career-best second to Without Parole in the St James's Palace Stakes."
Gustav sets the form standard
For all that there aren't many runners, it's a decent Group 1 with some depth. I think it is fair to say that we expected more from Gustav Klimt at Newmarket, even though his sixth there was clearly no disgrace.
But, as so many of Aidan's do, he is improving with his racing and followed up his Irish Guineas third with a career-best second to Without Parole in the St James's Palace Stakes. You have to rate that form pretty highly - it was over three lengths back to a very smart colt in Wootton in third - and that sets the form standard here.
This is a tough race, as I said, and it's a small field and likely to be messy and tactical. French Guineas winner Olmedo steps back in trip after not lasting home at Chantilly - you have to respect his chances - and Hey Gaman is a classy and reliable performer. French Derby fourth Intellogent is another with proven form at this level and then you have the improvers Wusool, Ancient Spirit and Andre Fabre's Cascadian.