The Prix du Gros-Chene has been won by a local sprinter for the past five years, but there have been six British-trained winners since 2004 and hopefully White Lavender can add another success for the raiders.
She was really progressive in the first half of last season for Joseph Murphy, and was bought by Barbara Keller before her last couple of runs in Ireland (which weren’t her best).
Switched to Karl Burke, she made an instant impact with a Listed win at Bath, challenging widest of all and winning with plenty to spare. That bare form might be nothing special, but she did it very well.
She was supported at big prices in the Group 2 Temple Stakes at Haydock last time, but broke a little too well, so Clifford Lee wasn’t able to adopt the customary hold-up tactics. She was crowded out a couple of furlongs from home, and wasn’t disgraced in the circumstances.
I think this track will suit her well, she should have the race run to suit and the ground is in her favour.
5.30pm Chantilly – 1pt win White Lavender @ 17/2 (most firms)