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French Derby For Karakontie

Thursday, 29th May 2014

Karakontie (Bernstein-Sun Is Up, by Sunday Silence) will be aimed at this weekend's Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly in preference to next month's Investec Derby at Epsom, reports attheraces.com. The Jonathan Pease-trained colt ended his juvenile year with victory in the Gr1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp and although he suffered a narrow loss in the Gr3 Prix de Fontainebleau on his seasonal return, he bounced back to true form when claiming the French 2,000 Guineas on 11 May. Connections seriously considered a trip to Epsom, but have decided to stay at home to bid for the French Classic double over a mile and a quarter. "The plan is to run at Chantilly, unless the ground is too heavy," said Alan Cooper, racing manager for owners the Niarchos family. "The horse is in good shape. He did a nice piece of work on Monday and both Jonathan and Stephane (Pasquier) are very pleased with him. The trip is an unknown and one always hopes he will get a good draw." Karakontie is one of 21 horses heading towards the French Derby, with Aidan O'Brien leaving in Sunday's impressive Gallinule Stakes winner Adelaide, as well as Johann Strauss and Geoffrey Chaucer.

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