1pt win Zellie @12/1, 1pt win Natasha @12/1, 13:15 Longchamp, Sunday

1m Qatar Prix Marcel Boussac – Criterium des Pouliches (Group 1) (2yo Fillies) (Grande Course) (Turf) (2yo)

Raclette is spoken of in glowing terms by trainer Andre Fabre, but with the alarm bells already sounding over the state of the ground, I’m all over her stablemate ZELLIE for this race. With form figures 11122 and big excuses for her two defeats, she could easily be unbeaten going into this. Already proven on ground from good to very soft, stamina is no issue and she’s armed with a classy turn of foot – all the assets needed to win a Boussac. I’m not in love with the place terms for this race so I’d rather take two against the favourite and my eye is drawn to John Gosden’s Frankel half-sister to the brilliant Almanzor, NATASHA, who looks likely to shorten with Frankie on board. This is a lofty entry straight off the back of winning a novice stakes race and I make this John Gosden’s only entry on Arc day. One thing to note is, should the favourite be withdrawn, we are looking at a hefty rule 4 deduction of up to 45% on our prices. To be honest, I’d rather she is withdrawn because with her out the race it’s wide open and the two selections have much improved chances.

1pt win Zellie @12/1, 1pt win Natasha @12/1, 13:15 Longchamp, Sunday

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