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British and Irish out in force for final French juvenile Group 1s of 2020

Godolphin are seeking a third win in the last four runnings of the Group 1 Criterium International (1.35) at Saint-Cloud, the first of two final major juvenile contests of the French season staged at the Paris track.

La Barrosa heads a seven-strong field for the mile contest, usually staged at Longchamp, which Sheikh Mohammed's organisation has farmed with the likes of Thunder Snow (2016).

Trained by Charlie Appleby, La Barrosa races over a mile for the first time after two victories over seven furlongs, latterly when getting up late to land the Group 3 Tattersalls Stakes at Newmarket last month.

Appleby said: "La Barrosa is stepping up to a mile for the first time, which we feel will suit. I'm confident that he will cope with the ground and he brings a nice profile going into the race, having won both his starts to date."

Fellow British-trained entry Jadoomi does not yet have Group form in the book but is improving and has won his last two races, most recently when sauntering home over this trip in a sales race at Longchamp.

His joint-trainer Ed Crisford said of the French-bred: "Jadoomi was most impressive when winning a sales race by seven lengths at Longchamp last time, which was on heavy ground, so he should have no problem with the surface. He's up in class all right, but he worked very nicely last Tuesday and we couldn't be happier with him."

Aidan O'Brien also has a good record in this and is out for more with Van Gogh, who was last seen chasing home One Ruler in the Group 3 Autumn Stakes at Newmarket.

The three-runner home defence is headed by Policy Of Truth, winner of a Group 3 at Longchamp last time, and the unbeaten Normandy Bridge.

Stéphanie Nigge, trainer of the latter, said: "He needs to learn to be in among horses and with foreign runners used to running over 1,400 metres I expect there to be pace on. It's a Group 1 but it's also part of his education for next year."

Later, there are also two British and one Irish representative in the Group 1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud (2.50), including Belloccio, trained by David Menuisier.

The son of Belardo won on his debut in a mile novice at Salisbury this month and takes on seven rivals, including the Mark Johnston-trained Gear Up in the stamina test that was won by subsequent Arc winner Waldgeist in 2016.

Menuisier said: "These Belardos seem to handle heavy ground, so I'm very much looking forward to running him. He's short on experience but has plenty of stamina on his dam's side, so hopefully he can be bang there."

Of the others, Bolshoi Ballet represents Aidan O'Brien while the prolific Tiger Tanaka figures among the home defence.

Charley Rossi, trainer of the latter, said: "Obviously, the step up in trip is a question mark, but I think she'll stay. She's so tough and has come out of the Marcel Boussac in great shape. I've rarely seen a filly recover that quickly."

 

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