The Group 1 Prix du Moulin is the feature race at Longchamp on Sunday and there is a very strong looking British raiding party. It consists of Expert Eye, Lightning Spear and Without Parole. The race has been won by some very smart horses down through the years including Ribchester who took the content twelve months ago.
Expert Eye has rediscovered his two-year-old form recently when winning a brace of Group Three’s over seven furlongs. I think that Sir Michael Stoute’s inmate is better over seven furlongs and may be vulnerable over this longer trip.
Lightning Spear beat Expert Eye in the Group 1 Sussex Stakes on his most recent start and the pair do battle again here. David Simcock’s stable star had been winless since 2016 prior to this victory but with this confidence boosting run behind him perhaps he can win back to back Group 1’s.
John Gosden runs Without Parole who looked like being a potential superstar when winning the Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes but has since flopped in the Sussex Stakes and the Juddmonte International Stakes. The son of Frankel is on a retrieval mission and it will be very interesting to see if he can get his season back on track.
Of the home brigade, Recoletos will be putting up the biggest resistance. The son of Whipper finished a credible second behind this years superstar filly Alpha Centauri at Deauville when last seen. He has already won a Group 1 this season and may just double his tally.
Plumatic is the outsider that catches the eye, as he is improving and has some back class having previously run in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe behind Enable. Since being dropped back to the 1-mile distance Plumatic has been mighty impressive including when landing the Group 3 Sovereign Stakes at Salisbury when last seen.
Upon close inspection, holes can be found in the form of all of the runners but I think it may be best to side with the improving horse which is Plumatic.