Spinning Memories has brilliant opportunity to triumph in the Group 3 Prix du Palais-Royal at Clairefontaine
- The Prix du Palais-Royal is the centrepiece of the programme at Clairefontaine
- Spinning Memories has a brilliant chance of continuing her fine form of late
- She wasted no time earning black type courtesy of win on second French start
The Group 3 Prix du Palais-Royal is the centrepiece of Thursday’s nine-race programme at Clairefontaine and SPINNING MEMORIES (12.10) holds an excellent chance of continuing her fine recent form.
A winner on her Naas debut for Irish trainer Andrew Oliver, the Arcano mare was swiftly snapped up by current connections and wasted little time earning black type courtesy of a Listed Saint-Cloud success on her second French start.
Pascal Bary’s five-year-old continued her progression in two Deauville outings last summer where her career best, posted in the Prix Maurice de Gheest behind Advertise, was surpassed just three weeks later when she emphatically thumped the Dean Ivory-trained Stake Acclaim and Tertius, who stands in her path again here.
The Group 3 Prix du Palais-Royal is the centrepiece of Thursday’s nine-race programme
Tertius enjoyed a degree of revenge in an all-weather fast track qualifier in the March – finishing three places in front of Spinning Memories – but the selection has run poorly on both times she has encountered a synthetic surface and returned to something like her best form in a Longchamp Listed affair last time.
Settled in rear by regular rider Christophe Soumillon, Spinning Memories was set alight approaching the furlong marker and simply swamped her 12 rivals for speed, accelerating in trademark style to register a snug victory.
Admittedly, Thursday’s feature is far from a one-horse affair with the former John Gosden-trained Azano an intriguing contender now that he has switched to Francis-Henri Graffard.
The Chantilly handler, who went close with The Revenant in the QEII Stakes at Ascot last autumn, has inherited a highly-capable seven furlong performer in the son of Oasis Dream and it will be interesting to see if the betting indicates market confidence on his first run for new connections.
Devil is another to consider as Freddy Head has landed this event twice since 2012 with Moonlight Cloud and Polydream and his three-year-old was totally unsuited by a slowly-run Prix de Fontainebleu (1m) on his comeback.