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Rain will help in-form Kesampour

Mikel Delzangles is keeping his fingers crossed the decision to bypass the Investec Derby at Epsom in favour of the French equivalent pays off with his unbeaten colt Kesampour.

The son of King's Best won comfortably on his two appearances at Saint-Cloud as a juvenile and made a winning return in Listed company at the same track at the beginning of April.

A step up to Pattern company did not stop his winning run as he landed the Prix Greffulhe -- a race won last year by subsequent Epsom hero Pour Moi. But instead of making the cross-Channel journey, Kesampour will stay at home and face 19 opponents in today's Prix du Jockey Club over 10-and-a-half furlongs at Chantilly.

"He is in very good form and we decided to be prudent and stay at home rather than going for Epsom," said Delzangles. "It will be interesting to see what happens with the ground, but I don't think it should be an issue for him either way.

"There is some rain forecast, but he handles softer ground well and even if it ends up being faster, I think he should be fine."

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