Richard Hannon: Champion British Flat trainer runs Hairy RocketPICTURE: Getty Images
Ascot juvenile form put to the test at Chantilly
Preview: France, Sunday (1.00pm BST)
Chantilly: Prix Du Bois (Group 3) 2yo, 5f
THE first group race for two-year-olds in the French calendar provides an early chance to assess the merit of the juvenile form on show at Royal Ascot.
Richard Hannon has supplemented Queen Mary third Hairy Rocket (Pat Dobbs) for the race, while Bungle Inthejungle (Mick Channon/Matthew Davies) represents the Windsor Castle form, having finished a close-up fourth behind Hototo.
"Obviously Hairy Rocket is the danger but he will give her a run for her money," reported Channon's racing secretary Sue Harding. "Bungle Inthejungle should handle the ground but we're hoping it's not going to be as soft as they say it is."
Surely Speightful (Kevin Ryan/Stephane Pasquier) was well back in the Woodcote Stakes on Derby Day, having previously landed a Musselburgh maiden in good style.
Ryan said: "She's in good form and she looks to have a bit to find in the book but she's very well in herself."
El Trastolillo (Maxime Guyon) was game in defeat in what is often the best French guide, the Prix la Fleche and has since changed hands and moved from his Spanish trainer to the Chantilly yard of Pascal Bary.
Juveniles trained in the south-west of France are usually worth a second look when coming to the capital at this stage of the season and T'Choupi Chop (Antoine de Watrigant/Ioritz Mendizabal) made no mistake when landing his debut by three-quarters of a length at Maisons-Laffitte.
Also on Sunday (3.15pm BST)
Chantilly: Prix Chloe (Group 3) 3yo fillies, 1m1f
Ridasiyna (Mikel Delzangles/Christophe Lemaire) is likely to start a warm favourite on the back of two wide-margin successes over further.
Unusually Delzangles has dropped the daughter of Motivator in trip since her debut cruise at Longchamp over 1m3f, which she followed by a similar five-length romp in the Listed Prix Melisande at Maisons-Laffitte.
"I'm not worried by the distance, she's pulled a little in her races and given that we have a pacemaker [Parisham] and she's won her first two quite easily she should be fine," said Delzangles.
John Gosden: trains GatheringPICTURE: Edward Whitaker
Mikkwa (Elie Lellouche/Christophe Soumillon) ran out a two-length winner of a Longchamp maiden over 1m2f last time in a race few got into.
Group form is represented by the third, fifth and sixth from the Prix de Sandringam over 1m of the Chantilly track.
Rock Me Baby (Xavier Thomas-Demeaulte/Olivier Peslier) holds the verdict from that race, although Lily America (Francois Rohaut/Thierry Jarnet) was quietly fancied by connections for the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches before a late injury scare ruled her out. She is entitled to improve for her fifth place on that Chantilly outing.
John Gosden runs Gathering, last seen when finishing third to Coquet in the Height of Fashion Stakes at Goodwood.
"She is in good form and the race in which she was second at Goodwood last time is working out well," reported Gosden. "She's a fresh filly and we hope she gives a good account."