Can The Right Man Provide France With More Royal Ascot Success?
France have started Royal Ascot 2017 in sensational style with a win in Wednesday’s Jersey Stakes and they’ll be hoping for further joy on Saturday with The Right Man, trained by Didier Guillemin, going for glory in the final Group 1 of the festival
Le Brivido turned on the class on Wednesday afternoon in the Jersey Stakes winning by a neck from Spirit of Valor from the Aidan O’Brien yard. As predicted by Oddschecker, Le Brivido played a ‘leading role’ in the Group 3 race, with jockey Andre Fabre guiding the 2/1 favourite home ahead of the field.
Another French raider in action during the five day festival is Precieuse, who runs in Friday’s Coronation Stakes. The three year old was expertly ridden by Olivier Peslier to land the French 1000 Guineas, seeing off William Haggas’ Sea of Grace in May. The Fabrice Chappet trained runner is aiming to topple the much fancied favourite Winter in the 12 runner race. Meanwhile, French-based trainer John Hammond sends Haftohaf across the channel for a crack at the Wokingham Stakes on Saturday.
The Right Man won the Al Quoz Sprint back in March, taking advantage of the damp conditions to land the valuable Meydan contest. He re-opposes several of the field once again over the six furlongs in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes on Saturday.
Long On Value finished just a nose behind the winner in the UAE and is set to line up alongside the French horse at the Berkshire track. Godolphin have made a terrific start to Royal Ascot 2017 and they line-up Jungle Cat, trained by Charlie Appleby, for this competitive looking heat.
Many punters will be keen on the leading pair, The Tin Man and Limato, but the latter finished 10th in the 12 runner race at Meydan and it’s a big ask to turn the tables on the Guillemin trained horse here. The Right Man is racing for the first time on British turf but Le Brivido hadn’t left France prior to Wednesday’s success.
The sprinter has been honing it’s craft over the five furlongs with three wins from the last four outings and should run a big race on Saturday. It’s a much bigger and more competitive field than previous renewals and there are plenty of talented horses taking part but the French contingent can be confident of their chances.
Le Brivido got them off the mark in the Jersey Stakes and they’ll be hoping for further success over the course of the week with The Right Man flying the flag for France in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.