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Red-hot rimth can hit new heights for cole

Wild Wind represents Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore in tomorrow's Poule d'Essai des Pouliches, the French equivalent of the 1,000 Guineas at Longchamp.

A winner of just one of her seven starts, Wild Wind has twice posted commendable performances in defeat this term when second to Empowering at Leopardstown and Banimpire at Gowran Park.

That O'Brien has elected to travel her for this Group One should not be taken lightly, but it's still hard to see her being good enough to collect.

The one-mile contest is as open as it often tends to be. Andre Fabre's Golden Lilac is an uneasy favourite at around 7/2, followed by Helleborine, a filly that chased home Ballydoyle's Misty For Me in a Group One over course and distance in October. Zoowraa, an unbeaten Godolphin daughter of Azamour, is also interesting on her reappearance.

Having trained Blue Bunting to win the English 1,000 Guineas, Mahmood Al Zarooni certainly has a good marker to work from in this division.

Fancied, though, is Rimth, which really impressed when accelerating clear in a Group Three at Newbury in April. Trained by Paul Cole, the Oasis Dream filly is bred for speed, but she actually looked better for the step up to seven furlongs at Newbury.

Last year, while she only won once, Rimth competed at the highest level, finishing her campaign with a third in the Cheveley Park Stakes. Hooray, eighth in the Guineas, won that Group One, while Maqaassid, which reopposes today, was back in third.

That one filled the same spot in the Guineas, so Rimth's form reads well. If she continues to improve, Christophe Soumillon's partner is a big price at 10/1.

At Stratford, The Merry Giant catches the eye for Rebecca Curtis and Tony McCoy in the 3.50. A bumper winner last summer, which has struggled to make an impact over hurdles, the JP McManus-owned five-year-old is making its handicap debut now.

While he must improve, the same connections' Fishoutofwater had a similar profile before successfully stepping up in trip last week. Now that The Merry Giant goes most of a mile further than he has done before, he might also progress to win.

Irish Independent