French racing tips – Best bets in the French Derby and French Oaks

Get our French Derby and Oaks tips at Chantilly on Sunday.Get our French Derby and Oaks tips at Chantilly on Sunday.

The Coral Eclipse Stakes might be the day’s main event in the UK and Ireland on Sunday, but in France there are two cracking Group One races going to post. We’ve looked over both races and give our French Derby and Oaks tips.

Following on from a cracking day of Classic action in the UK at Epsom, Sunday’s horse racing action in the UK is spearheaded by the Coral Eclipse Stakes at Sandown. However, there’s also top-class racing action in France where both the French Derby and French Oaks take place at Chantilly.

We’ve looked over the fields for both the Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby) and the Prix de Diane (French Oaks) on Sunday at Chantilly and reveal our French Derby and Oaks tips.

FRENCH DERBY AND OAKS TIPS – CHANTILLY, SUNDAY 5 JULY

2:10 Chantilly – Prix du Jockey Club (Group 1) (3yo) (Turf) (3yo) 1m2½f


VICTOR LUDORUM has to prove stamina for this extra distance but Andre Fabre’s charge sets a solid standard and could take a bit of stopping.

The Shamardal colt has tasted defeat only once which came when finishing third in very soft ground at Longchamp in May behind The Summit in the Prix de Fontainebleau, possibly needing the run.

He quickly set the record straight however when turning the tables on the same rival in the Poule D’Assai Des Poulins, scoring by just over one length and there’s surely more to come from him.

He’s bred to appreciate this longer trip and these conditions are fine so a big run is expected from the Godolphin runner who should prove hard to beat in this contest.

Victor Ludorum can win the French Derby on Sunday.

Victor Ludorum can win the French Derby on Sunday.

2:55 Chantilly – Prix de Diane Longines (Group 1) (3yo Fillies) (Turf) (3yo) 1m2½f


Alpine Star was impressive at Royal Ascot and should be in the mix, but the unbeaten RAABIHAH could prove the answer and Jean Claude Rouget’s charge can extend her unbeaten sequence to a perfect three wins from three starts.

The Sea The Stars filly struck impressively on her debut at Cagnes-sur-Mer on her debut back in January and she took a step forward in no uncertain fashion when routing a decent field in a Listed contest at Longchamp with a four lengths’ victory over American Apples.

The runner-up has since filled the frame in a Group Three contest and while the bare form of that win might not be the strongest in the context of this race, the manner of her win there suggested there was more still to come from her.

Stepping up in class she needs to improve again, but it wouldn’t be a surprise for her to do so and she can make her presence felt at this higher level.

Jean Claude Rouget can win the French Oaks with Raabihah.

Jean Claude Rouget can win the French Oaks with Raabihah.