The Dark Horse looks at the Group 3 Prix de la Porte Maillot at Longchamp and is strong on Bamiyan who looks very solid each way at 8/1
2 points each way Bamiyan at 8-1 with Paddy Power
With today’s card in the UK and Ireland not making much appeal, attention is turned to the Group 3 Prix de la Porte Maillot at Longchamp.
Bamiyan is the horse of interest at the current prices. During his 15-race career he has run 4 times over this C&D and run well on all of those occasions. He won a Group 3 on good ground over the C&D in September last year when he came with a strong late run to get to the front shortly before the line having been beaten 1¾l and 2½l on his previous runs over the C&D.
On his first start of this year, Bamiyan found the 1200m trip at Maisons Laffitte a bit on the sharp side but still put up a fair performance to finish 3rd, one place behind Noozhoh Canarias (conceding 2kg to that rival).
On his most recent outing, Bamiyan couldn’t show his true ability. He was bumped shortly after the start and was last turning into the straight. Rather than switching to the outside, Thierry Thulliez went back into the pack and hoped for a clear run. That never came and the horse was only nudged along to finish 6th after a gap eventually appeared very late on.
Bamiyan is best suited by a strongly run race and the presence of Noozhoh Canarias and De Treville could result in that happening. They tried to restrain Noozhoh Canarias last time and that clearly didn’t work so one would expect them to return to sending him forward early on. Bamiyan may need luck in running, which he clearly didn’t get last time, but that also applies to a few of the main challengers in here.
Ride Like The Wind heads the challenge. He was another that couldn’t show his best in the Prix du Palais-Royal last time as he was barely off the bridle at the finish after not getting a clear run. He won the Prix Djebel earlier in the year and ran well in the 2000 Guineas. This looks his ideal trip and he’s a big danger.
Baghadur produced a quick burst of speed to win last time over 1300m, with the drop in trip clearly suiting him that day, while De Treville has run well in defeat at this level on his last 2 starts. Noozhoh Canarias was very disappointing last time and Majestic Mount needs to step up but will be more suited by this test than the 1000m at Chantilly last time.
I think Bamiyan’s position in the market is based on the bare result last time being a fair reflection of his ability and I don’t think that’s the case. Hopefully he will get a clear run today and 8-1 looks an appealing bet.