The Irish Invade France

Things are once again relatively quiet stateside this weekend as all eyes turn to the Preakness a week from tomorrow.

The French equivalent of the 2000 Guineas which is called the Poule d'Essai des Poulains (translates roughly as the test of the foals) will be run at Longchamp on Sunday. The French 1000 Guineas, the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (translates to the hen test of the fillies) will also be contested on Sunday at Longchamp. French may be tough but Gaelic is even worse as two of the top contenders have very Irish names. Irish trainer Jim Bolger has a good chance to win both events he saddles Creachadoir in the Poulains and the phenomenal filly Finsceal Beo (pictured above)in the Pouliches. Oh yeah and the usual suspects Aidan O'Brien and Saeed bin Suroor will be in town too. The story below courtesy of the Racing Post

CREACHADOIR features among 14 horses declared for Sunday's Poule d'Essai des Poulains at Longchamp.

Jim Bolger's colt has twice scored at Group Three level this term and will now aim to prove his mettle at the highest grade in the French 2,000 Guineas.

Creachadoir forms part of a comprehensive Irish challenge significantly boosted by a four-strong Aidan O'Brien raiding party.

The Ballydoyle maestro will saddle Brave Tin Soldier, Excellent Art, Astronomer Royal and Honoured Guest in the one-mile Classic.

The last-named colt has won both his starts this year and is the only supplementary entry, while O'Brien's compatriot David Wachman relies on Followmyfootsteps.

Tariq, Mastership and Thousand Words travel over from England to contest the Group 1 feature, along with Godolphin's sole entry Dijeerr.

Andre Fabre's Visionario heads just four French-trained runners.

The son of Spinning World reappeared with an encouraging third behind Chichi Creasy at the Paris venue last month.

He will be joined in the race by Spirit One, Stoneside and the Jean-Claude Rouget-trained Battle Paint, who finished one place in front of Visionario last time.


BRILLIANT 1,000 Guineas winner Finsceal Beo features among the 13 horses declared for Sunday's French equivalent - the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches at Longchamp.

Jim Bolger's filly justified favouritism at 5-4 when slamming her Newmarket rivals by two and a half lengths and more in record time last weekend.

While she is sure to be a warm order to bag her second Classic in the space of a week, the daughter of Mr Greeley will face another strong field in Paris.

Alain de Royer Dupre's Darjina puts her unbeaten record on the line along with the Jean-Claude Rouget-trained Peace Dream, who created a lasting impression at the track in March.
The five other French-trained rivals are Galaxie Des Sables, I Should Care, Zut Alors, Fairy Dress andIron Lips.

Jeremy Noseda has declared Sander Camillo along with Rahiyah, while John Gosden relies on twice-raced maiden Costume.

Bicoastal and Sesmen will also make the trek across the English Channel for the Group 1 showdown.

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