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Sunday 28 April French horse racing tips - Big race picks for today's classy card at Longchamp

Longchamp hosts some top-class action in France on Sunday.

Brian Healy looks at Sunday's Prix Ganay meeting at Longchamp and has big race picks for the afternoon's French racing.

There is some classy action going to post in France on Sunday, headed up by the Group One Prix Ganay which goes to post at 3.25pm on the card at Longchamp.

Also featuring the Group Three pair of the Priz Allez France Longines, and Prix de Barbeville, there is sure to be some Classic clues to be learned from some top-class racing action across the Channel, and Brian Healy looks ahead to the Gallic action where he gives his selections for the four main events on the card.

1:35 - Prix du Pont Neuf (Listed Race) (3yo) (Turf) (3yo) 7f
2:50 - Prix Allez France Longines (Group 3) (4yo+ Fillies & Mares) (Turf) (4yo+) 1m2f
3:25 - Prix Ganay (Group 1) (4yo+) (Turf) (4yo+) 1m2½f
4:00 - Prix de Barbeville (Group 3) (4yo+) (Turf) (4yo+) 1m7½f

1:35 - Prix du Pont Neuf (Listed Race) (3yo) (Turf) (3yo) 7f


EPIC HERO (8/11, Paddy Power) looks a progressive sort, and the Godolphin runner can quickly get back to winning ways here.

Andre Fabre’s Siyouni colt stepped up on a highly promising third on debut at Saint Cloud last term to post an impressive success back in March over Eagleway at Chantilly, sprinting clear to post an eight lengths’ win.

He didn’t do much wrong when last seen in the Prix de Fontainebleau earlier in the month, finding only stablemate Persian King too strong, and a repeat of that run dropping back into Listed company ought to be good enough to see him quickly get back on track.


2:50 - Prix Allez France Longines (Group 3) (4yo+ Fillies & Mares) (Turf) (4yo+) 1m2f


MORGAN LE FAYE (Evens, Paddy Power) easily brushed aside the reopposing Shahnaza when the pair locked horns earlier in the month in the Listed Prix Zarkava; Andre Fabre’s charge can confirm that form here.

The Shamardal mare was winning for the first time since her debut at Clairefontaine back in August 2017, but inbetween she has posted a series of creditable efforts in Pattern company which include a trio of bronze medal finishes in races between 2m-2m4f.

Despite taking a marked drop in trip on her return, she showed the lesser distance to be no issue having tanked through the race, and despite meeting with trouble in running she quickened up really smartly to shoot clear for an impressive success.

Sure to have improved for that first run in five months, she ought to be hard to beat here with a repeat of that effort and she can follow up that success.

3:25 - Prix Ganay (Group 1) (4yo+) (Turf) (4yo+) 1m2½f


A big race treble for Godolphin could be on the cards, with the top-class prospect GHAIYYATH (1/2, Paddy Power) looking very hard to oppose in this Group One contest.

Charlie Appleby’s star is unbeaten in his last four starts having tasted defeat only in his debut at Doncaster; he has improved with every start, winning Group Three contests at Newmarket on his final juvenile start in the Autumn Stakes, and he returned from a lengthy absence of almost one year to rout Sacred Life here last September to run away with the Prix du Prince d’Orange.

The Dubawi colt delivered another jolt of progress to run out a ready winner over Soleil Marin back here earlier in the month to win the Prix d’Harcourt, and he ought to be much sharper now with that run under his belt.

Sure to make his mark in the top intermediate distances division this term, he could prove hard to beat.

4:00 - Prix de Barbeville (Group 3) (4yo+) (Turf) (4yo+) 1m7½f


HOLDTHASIGREEN (15/8, Paddy Power) was denied only by a neck behind the reopposing Called To The Bar when the pair clashed on their respective reappearances at Chantilly last month. 

Bruno Audouin had beaten the same horse the time before when the pair contested the Prix Royal-Oak back in October, and likely to be sharper now for that reappearance he might be able to turn the tables here.

The Hold That Tiger gelding had won each of his first two starts last term, beating Nearly Caught and Marmelo respectively, after which he was short-headed in defeat behind Called To The Bar here last September in the Group Three Prix Gladiateur and there is little between the pair on past runs. He also finished runner-up in the Prix du Cadran.

He has to give 4lbs again to Pia Brandt’s charge, but the pair should fight out the finish again in this contest, and the seven-year old is taken to find a little more than his rival on the back of their respective reappearance runs to level the score between them.

FRENCH RACING TIPS SUNDAY 28 APRIL - LONGCHAMP


1:35 - EPIC HERO (8/11, Paddy Power

2:50 - MORGAN LE FAYE (Evens, Paddy Power)

3:25 - GHAIYYATH (1/2, Paddy Power)

4:00 - HOLDTHASIGREEN (15/8, Paddy Power)

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