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Sunday’s racing tips - 9/1 Group One double at Longchamp

Jonathan Vine 25 May 2019
Wild Illusion crossing the line at the 2018 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Festival.

Our expert takes a closer look at the two Group One’s taking place at Longchamp on Sunday 26th May and rolls his selections into this appealing double with William Hill.

Flat racing fans at the Curragh will be captivated by the Irish 1000 Guineas on Sunday, but that’s not the only Group One action taking place that day. Attendees at Paris Longchamp will bare witness to both the Prix Saint Allary and the Prix d’Ispahan this weekend.

Our expert has take a closer look through both of these prestigious races and combined his selections into this 9/1 double with William Hill.

Longchamp Group One Double

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3:28pm Saxon Warrior Coolmore Prix Saint Alary (Group 1) (3yo Fillies) 1m2f

Imperial Charm was by each-way selection at a big price in the French equivalent of the 1000 Guineas, where Andrea Atzeni’s mount was picked off at the front but battled back nicely to finish fourth. While that was a decent performance and a step-up in trip looks sensible, the draw has been unkind on Roger Varian raider and she could find it hard to get involved at the front-end from stall nine.

Platane and Fount both head to Longchamp on the back of a couple of smart victories, with the former winning the Group Three Prix Vanteaux here over nine furlongs. SIYARAFINA (NAP) will also be on the hat-trick trail this weekend and her victory here in April was so impressive, I can’t look past Alain du Royer-Dupree’s filly in this Group One.

This daughter of Pivotal entered the Prix du Louvre on the back of a solitary maiden victory and was backed into odds-on favouritism before the off. Christophe Soumillon had to wait patiently at the rear after drawing the widest stall of all, but once Siyarafina was angeled out down the centre of the track and pointed at the winning post, the result was never in doubt.

Under a hand-and-heels ride, the favourite picked off two subsequent winners, Firebird Song and Noor Sahara, along with French 1000 Guineas runner-up, Commes to secure the biggest victory of her short career. Pivotal may have been a sprinter, but he’s sired plenty of horses who have progressed when stepped up over a mile and, for a filly of her age, the composure she showed when winning here in April was quite remarkable. Siyarafina could be one of the stars of the season.

4:03pm Prix d'Ispahan (Group 1) 1m1½f

The Prix d’Ispahan hasn’t been kind to British raiders in recent years, with John Gosden’s Observatory that last British-based entrant to win this Group One back in 2001. Despite that fact, three of the top four in Sunday’s betting are trained in England and – while With You is a capable challenger – I’d be surprised if the winners wasn’t based in Britain this year.

Knight To Behold ran nicely enough on his reappearance and Zabeel Prince’s Early Of Sefton victory was boosted by Forest Ranger in the Ormonde Stakes. Yet, both still have plenty to prove in Group One company, making WILD ILLUSION’S current price of 7/2 look extremely appealing.

I followed Wild Illusion with gusto last term and was rewarded for my loyalty on several occasions. After placing in the Guineas and the Oaks, Charlie Appleby’s filly finished a strong second under a penalty in the Ribblesdale, before claiming the Nassau Stakes and the Prix de l’Opera here at Paris Longchamp.

Despite missing the kick – a fatal error in most US races – Wild Illusion ran a superb race to push Sistercharlie all the way to the line in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mares Turf. This may be as short a trip as Wild Illusion would ideally like. Yet, Charlie Appleby’s filly is no stranger to making her own running and she should be perfectly placed to do just that after drawing stall four. 

Wild Illusion has twice won Group Ones on French soil and is proven on all types of ground. I’m not prepared to side against her.

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