MICHAEL BELL is hoping the ground isn’t too soft for Big Orange in the Prix du Cadran at Chantilly on Saturday.
Big Orange has nor run since finishing second to Stradivarius in the Goodwood Cup. Bell’s stayer had previously won the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot
The Newmarket trainer is eager to let Big Orange strut his stuff in France, but will remain on weather watch.
“He’s very well in himself. We’re just hoping the ground isn’t bottomless,” said Bell.
“We’ll keep an eye on conditions, but we’re very much hoping that he’ll run a big race.”
Big Orange faces just six rivals, headed by Vazirabad, who aims to go one better after finishing second to Quest For More in this extended two-and-a-half-mile stamina test last year.
Harry Dunlop is looking for another bold show from Robin Of Navan in the Prix Dollar following his fine fourth to Ribchester in the Prix du Moulin.
“I think it’s a nice race for us, but we’ve got on to take on three-year-olds which is quite new to us, and obviously we are giving them some weight” said Dunlop.
“I’d be hopeful of a nice run. He ran a super race behind Ribchester three weeks ago over a shorter trip we wanted to try. Fingers crossed for another nice run.”
Templegate’s TV tips
- 1.50 Newmarket – Roaring Lion: ‘Unbeaten and looks up to this level’ (add to your betslip)
- 2.05 Haydock – King’s Pavilion: ‘Loves this ground and the yard are in form’ (add to your betslip)
- 2.20 Newmarket – Clemmie: ‘Still improving and a classy sort’ (add to your betslip)
- 2.40 Haydock – Mayleaf Shine: ‘Finally hit top gear and ready to go’ (add to your betslip)
- 2.55 Newmarket – Beckford: ‘Today’s trip should be ideal’ (add to your betslip)
- 3.15 Haydock – Shanghai Glory: ‘Has stacks going for him’ (add to your betslip)
- 3.35 Newmarket – Big Country: ‘Well weighted and the best is still to come’ (add to your betslip)
Chris Wall’s First Sitting and Sylvester Kirk’s Salouen represent other British interests in the eight-runner Group 2 over a mile and a quarter.
Dunlop also has two runners in the preceding sales race as he saddles Jackfinbar and Mafeking .
Karl Burke’s Crown Vallary is another British challenger in the 18-runner field.
William Haggas sends the Queen’s Goodwood Listed winner Call To Mind for the Group 2 Qatar Prix Chaudenay and runs Celebration Mile third in the Group 2 Qatar Prix Daniel Wildenstein.