Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere Odds, Field & Picks

A festival afternoon of the highest class at Longchamp Racetrack on Sunday gets under way with the G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere, in which the unbeaten Beauvatier bids for a five-timer against fellow G3 winners Henry Adams and Zabiari.

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Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere

G1, 400,000 euro, 7f turf (soft), 2yo, 8.15am ET

Four unbeaten colts put their streaks and their reputations on the line in the Jean-Luc Lagardere, the opening contest on a crackerjack G1-heavy Sunday afternoon at Longchamp and a race that also offers win-and-in status for the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.

The most prolific of these contenders is the ever-impressive Beauvatier, who is four-for-four, has moved up with every start and won the traditional prep for this – the 2023 G3 Rochette – over course and distance last time, when he sealed the deal in three or four exciting strides.

He was dialled down in the closing stages to score by a length from Evade, who blew the break, was left too much to do, and ran well in the circumstances. If Evade has his head on straight this time he will do better, but there is a sense that Beauvatier has plenty more to offer.

On his previous start Beauvatier made his stakes breakthrough when beating Zabiari by a length and a quarter at Deauville, and Zabiari boosted the form when making his own breakthrough last time in the 2023 G3 Chenes here over a mile, although that was just a three-runner race.

Aidan O’Brien has won the Lagardere eight times and loads both barrels. Henry Adams is unbeaten in two and made his stakes breakthrough in a weak four-runner race for the 2023 G3 Tyros over seven furlongs at Leopardstown. The bare form is not worth the paper it is written on, but Henry Adams will certainly step up.

His barnmate Unquestionable stretches out for the first time and can be forgiven his lacklustre effort when fourth in the 2023 G1 Phoenix at the Curragh, when he banged his head on the gate and then lost a shoe. The extra yardage should suit Unquestionable, and Ryan Moore has chosen him.

British raider Native American, two-for-two, takes a stiff hike in class after winning a pretty moderate sales race (for horses sold at a particular auction, and therefore relatively uncompetitive) over six and a half furlongs at the Curragh.

He won well and will go longer, but it is a guessing game as to whether he is Group-class, while Jayarebe got it right first time at Newmarket over seven furlongs but goes head-first into the deep end now and could sink rather than swim.

Ballymount Boy, in the same ownership as Native American, should appreciate softer ground after finishing second on a fast surface in the 2023 G3 Acomb at York over seven furlongs, but Rosallion was ultra-disappointing when third in the 2023 G2 Champagne at Doncaster over seven furlongs, beaten three and a half lengths. The merit of his stakes score at Ascot may have been overestimated.

2023 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere Odds & Racing Pick

HorseJockeyHorse Racing Odds by Jazzsports
ZabiariCristian Demuro+900
RosallionSean Levey+800
UnquestionableRyan Moore+400
BeauvatierMaxime Guyon+300
Henry AdamsChristophe Soumillon+1000
West ManHugo Boutin+5000
JayarebeFrankie Dettori+1800
EvadeMickael Barzalona+1400
Ballymount BoyJason Hartscratched
Native AmericanOisin Orr+1200

Life has just been one big success story for BEAUVATIER so far, and with further improvement likely he can stretch his unbeaten streak to five.

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