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Testing grounds at Grand Prix de Paris

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Saturday’s ground conditions are proving to be testing for racehorses at the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris. David Lanigan has expressed caution that Main Sequence, who placed second in the Epsom Derby, may face the softest conditions yet at the Paris meeting. About 14mm of rainfall has landed on Longchamp, according to course officials.

Main Sequence’s handlers recently chose to bypass Royal Ascot. The horse recently lost his unbeaten record after placing second behind Camelot in the Investec Derby. Racing tipsters have their eye on four racehorses from Britain set to compete at Juddmonte: John Gosden’s Shantaram, Henry Cecil's pair of All That Rules and King Of Dudes, and (tentatively) Main Sequence.

In other news, leading filly Beauty Parlour has left Elie Lellouche to join Sir Henry Cecil in Newmarket. Trainer Luca Cumani had been sent a dozen unraced juveniles by the Wildenstein family. Beauty Parlour is considered the family’s most high-profile racehorse.

Cecil trained for the late Daniel Wildenstein in the late 1970s and early 1980s and will now prepare horses for the Wildenstein family once again. Beauty Parlour has won the French 1000 Guineas this season and lost in a close content in the French Oaks.

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