Preview 2018 Prix du Jockey Club
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2018 Prix du Jockey Club

June 3, 2018 - 2,100 meters, Chantilly, France

Preview: Mai 16, 2018

He won only two of his five starts, still Olmedo is favourite to win the French Derby, more than ever since he triumphed in the French 2000 Guineas recently. Intellogent and Study Of Man prevailed in key trials for the Prix du Jockey Club and are on the short list too. Also some strong horses from Irland and the UK are expected to get send to Chantilly.

Olmedo has been favourite to win the 2018 Prix du Jockey Club in the betting market most of the time, his trainer Jean-Claude Rouget had always said he would be his best Derby horse in his the stable. He did not get disappointed, his charge won the Poule d'Essai des Poulains (French 2000 Guineas) on May 13. At this classic over a mile Olmedo made use of his dynamic late kick and the son of Declaration Of War is expected to do even better with further distance. Jean-Claude Rouget could win the Prix du Jockey Club the last two years with Almanzor and Brametot.

Wootton narrowly beat Olmedo in the Prix de Fontainebleau on April 15 and therefore entered the 2000 Guineas as undefeated favourite, also because the Fontainebleau fourth-placed Rostropovich had meanwhile won the Dee Stakes at Chester. But Wootton had a very unlucky race in Longchamp and finished only fourth. A disappointed trainer Henri-Alex Pantall said, he could not learn anything from that unfortunate race, he still would have no idea, if Wootton can go to the Prix du Jockey Club or stay at a mile. Wootton's father Wootton Bassett had won the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (G1, 1400m) as a two-year-old, but never run further than a mile.

Intellogent won the Prix de Guiché (G3, 1800 m) in Chantilly on May 7, fifteen times this race has produced the later winner of the Prix du Jockey Club. He was sold to Fiona Carmichael for 320,000 Euros at the Arqana Yearling Sale in 2016 and was the first Group winner for his father Intello (Galileo), who had won the Prix du Jockey Club back in 2013.

Study Of Man prevailed in one of the key trials for the Prix du Jockey Club, defeated the highly valued Alounak and Alhadab in the Prix Greffulhe (G2, 2100 m) on May 8, already came runner-up in the Prix la Force (Gr. 3, 1.800 m) on his seasonal debut. The son of the Japanese star horse Deep Impact is nominated for the Epsom Derby as well. According to trainer Pascal Bary no decision is made yet, but an engagement in the Prix du Jockey Club seems more realistic.

Alounak came runner-up in the Prix Greffulhe and looked like he would be better suited by a distance beyond 2100 meters. The son of Camelot already won two Listed races in Germany and is actually favourite to win the German Derby (2400 m) on July 8. Trainer Jean-Pierre Carvalho recently announced that Alounak will run the Prix du Jockey Club or the Union-Rennen in Cologne (2200 m, June 17) next. Like Study Of Man he also has an entry for the Grand Prix de Paris (2400 m) on July 14.

Dice Roll finished just a head behind Olmedo in the French 2000 Guineas and is obviously among the candidates for the Prix du Jockey Club as well. He has won four of his six starts and impressed with a five-length victory on his seasonal debut in the Prix Djebel (G3, 1400 m). His father Showcasing is rather known for sprinters, but Dice Roll's Parisian-based Italian owner Giacomo Algranti thinks that he can get the Jockey Club distance.

Key Victory is an unbeaten son of Teofilo from the Godolpin stable, who won a Listed race on deep ground in Newmarket on May 5. His trainer Charlie Appleby said afterwards, he had always felt that Key Victory is a 2000 meter horse and that the Prix du Jockey Club might suit him.

Bugle Major has not run in a major race yet, but won his last outing despite he had missed the start. However, according to trainer Pascal Bary, the Prix du Jockey Club could come to early for his unbeaten Khalid Abdullah-owned son of Mizzen Mast.

Considering that Saxon Warrior seems almost unbeatable in this year's Epsom Derby, it is quite likely that some British or Irish colts will rather try the Prix du Jockey Club instead. Candidates could be the two sons of Frankel Rostropovich and Elarqam or the Craven Stakes winner Masar and the son of Dubawi Ghaiyyath from the Godolphin stable. The later is a half-brother to Zhukovahe and had cost 1.1 million euros.

Odds comparison - 2018 Prix du Jockey Club:

  (decimal, Mai 16) Racebets Betbird
  Olmedo 4,5 4,0
  Study Of Man 6,0 5,5
  Intellogent 6,0 8,0
  Dice Roll -- 8,0
  Alounak 15,0 15,0
  Burgle Major 15,0 20,0

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