The antepost markets are beginning to shape up for the French Guineas which take place at ParisLongchamp next Sunday – finally the UK bookmakers are starting to add France’s best hope for the colts version, Lassaut, to their lists!

Lassaut was the obvious star last week but prior to that, I’m sure we saw France’s best 3yo filly miler in either the Prix de la Grotte or the Prix Imprudence.

That both Malavath and Zellie head to Newmarket on Sunday makes the case for the impressive Prix de la Grotte winner Rosacea (picutred above – © ScoopDyga) even stronger for the French equivalent a week later.

Stéphane Wattel’s filly was classy at two and took a huge step forward again to land the Pouliches trial with ease, coming from last to first in the home straight in devastating style, clocking her penultimate furlong in under 11 seconds.

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I’ve no doubt the betting lists will be updated on Monday and although the top two in the betting are respected (though Dermot Weld is 34 runs without a winner), I think Rosacea has proven herself to be a Group One filly in the making and has the advantage of course experience.

She is now proven on all surfaces and she has a good chance of finding the gaps in a big field as Longchamp will use the cutaway for the Guineas card.

Seeing is believing and the time is right for a proper bet. It bodes well that Wattel has banged in four winners in the past week and this site would love to see last year’s contributor Theo Bachelot reunited with Rosacea on the big day – who had to sit out the Prix de la Grotte with a ban.

Antepost Prix de la Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (Sunday 8 May 2022) – 2pt win Rosacea @ 4-1 (William Hill, Sky Bet, BetVictor, Boylesports, 10bet, Pari Match or 6-1 with bet365)


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