This week my attention was taken by the Prix Du Jockey Club at Chantilly. British raiders Ayrad & The Grey Gatsby were sent to cause upset for the French. Karakontie was well fancied after winning the French 2000 guineas last month, but not before favourite, Prince Gibraltar. The race got off to a bit of a shaky start for Moore, but he quickly found refuge on the inside rail at the back of the 16 runner field. Not ideal, but Moore did well to guide The Grey Gatsby to a workable position. As many began to fade, gaps began to appear. The Grey Gatsby had plenty more to give & showed an impressive turn of foot to go on to win by three lengths, dismissing the field with a touch of class. Karakontie didn't seem to stay & wound up 8th in the field whilst Prince Gibraltar came third behind Shamkiyr.
Next week we have the Epsom Derby to look forward to. O'Brien's Australia was hammered into 4/6 from evens but is coming out again, currently sitting at 11/10, due to concerns of soft ground. Second string, Geoffrey Chaucer is second in the betting at 7's. The market is beginning to show cracks & the last favourite to win it was Camelot in 2012.
Investec Epsom Derby: 5-4 Australia, 7-1 Geoffrey Chaucer, 12-1 Fascinating Rock, Kingston Hill, 14-1 True Story, 16-1 Ebanoran, Western Hymn, 20-1 Orchestra, 25-1Arod, Snow Sky, 33-1 Adelaide, 50-1 BAR (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3)