Ballydoyle's Beach ready to storm field in Longchamp showpiece
AIDAN O'BRIEN goes in search of his 10th Group One of the season when he saddles three of the seven runners in this evening's Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp.
Treasure Beach and Seville, first and second in the Irish Derby last month, lead the onslaught in the Juddmonte-sponsored Bastille Day feature, and are backed up by the Royal Ascot disappointment Marksmanship.
The latter is due to be ridden by Ryan Moore, with O'Brien leaving Colm O'Donoghue and Seamie Heffernan to continue their respective associations with The Curragh one-two.
In prevailing by three parts of a length under O'Donoghue last time, the Epsom Derby runner-up Treasure Beach gave the long-serving Ballydoyle rider the biggest success of his career, and he is a best priced 5/2 to secure O'Brien a second victory in today's race following Scorpion's 2005 triumph.
Seville is 3/1 for the 12-furlong showpiece, which gets underway at 6.50, while the same price can be had about Reliable Man.
Unbeaten in three runs, the highlight of which was his 16/1 win in the Prix du Jockey Club -- France's equivalent of the Derby -- the Alain de Royer-Dupre-trained Dalakhani colt is stepping into unknown territory over this afternoon's trip.
Reliable Man will no doubt be a formidable opponent again here, but Treasure Beach's form looks solid and O'Brien's horses are in a rich vein of form right now.
Forty-five minutes before the main event, Mores Wells, third in an Irish St Leger and Champion Stakes before switching from Kevin Prendergast to Mikel Delzangles in 2009, tackles the Group Two Prix Maurice Nieuil. Among his rivals in the 14-furlong contest are the British-based trio Times Up, Allied Powers and Ted Spread.
Grand Prix de Paris, Longchamp,
Live, At The Races, 6.50