Maqaasid in fine form for French test

JOHN GOSDEN’S Maqaasid finished a fine third behind Blue Bunting in the Newmarket 1,000 Guineas earlier in the month and her trainer is hoping this tough filly can gain some compensation in tomorrow’s French equivalent.

Angus Gold, racing manager to owner Hamdan Al Maktoum, said: “John is obviously happy with her to be running her again so quickly. She seems in good form.

“She’s drawn 14 of 16, which probably won’t be ideal, but you take what you get. With a bit of luck in running, she should go close.”

The Paul Cole-trained Rimth, an impressive winner of Newbury’s Fred Darling Stakes, was supplemented for the French Guineas on the advice of jockey Christophe Soumillon and the trainer’s son and assistant Oliver Cole feels she has a major chance.

“The filly couldn’t be better. We think she’s better than she was before the Fred Darling,” said Cole.

“She actually put on eight kilos, which is pretty unbelievable. She’s in great form and we’re looking forward to it as I think the French pace will suit her.”

Zoowraa won twice for Michael Jarvis as a juvenile and makes her Godolphin debut tomorrow. Racing manager Simon Crisford has major concerns about her being drawn widest of all in stall 16.

“She’s drawn on the outside, which is going to make life extremely difficult,” said Crisford.

“It’s her first start of the year and she’s going straight into a Classic, but she’s a listed winner already.

“All her form is on softer ground too, so that is maybe another negative factor, but she’s in good form and we’re pleased with her.”


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