We are set for more quality action at Longchamp on Thursday with the Group 3 Prix la Force and Group 3 Prix Vanteaux the highlights.
Peter Scargill has picked out 5 horses to keep a special eye on.
Raabihah (Prix de la Seine)
By the brilliant Sea The Stars and out of a daughter of the Oaks winner Eswarah, Raabihah is a filly with a serious pedigree.
She also showed that she is potentially a filly with a significant amount of ability too when making a winning debut on the artificial surface at Cagnes-sur-Mer in January. Her progress is well worth monitoring in this race and in future outings too.
Mkfancy (Prix la Force)
Successful in a Group 1 last year as a two-year-old when he defeated a number of promising opponents, including the Aidan O’Brien-trained pair Arthur’s Seat and Mythical.
Also behind him that day at Saint-Cloud was The Summit, a Group 3 winner on Monday, and the soft ground in Paris should suit him as he is by the stallion Makfi. A victory in this could set him up for big runs in races such as the Prix du Jockey Club in the months ahead.
Emoji (Prix Vanteaux)
Any horse who wins a maiden by 14 lengths is going to make you sit up and take notice, which is exactly what Emoji did in Baden-Baden last year.
Leading international ownership group Team Valor swooped in to buy the filly and switched her from Germany to Francis Graffard in France, where she promptly sauntered to a comfortable win on testing ground at Saint-Cloud shortly before racing’s shutdown.
This race represents another step up for the filly, but she is already being talked about as a serious contender for the Preis der Diana back in Germany or the Prix de Diane at Chantilly.
Wonderment (Prix Zarkava)
A Group 1 winner as a two-year-old, Wonderment lost her way last season after making a promising start when a close fourth to subsequent Prix de Diane winner Channel.
She did offer encouragement on her final start in the USA and clearly possess latent talent. It will be interesting to see if trainer Nicolas Clement has been able to rekindle it during the winter.
Mageva (Prix du Pont Neuf)
After making a winning debut last year, Mageva twice found Dare And Dream too good for her in her subsequent outings.
Given Dare And Dream was only narrowly beaten by leading Poule d’Essai des Pouliches contender Tropbeau in Monday’s Prix de la Grotte, it will be interesting to see if Mageva can serve it up to the colts in this race.
Whatever happens, she looks the sort who should be able to progress as she goes up in trip this season.