Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Will Verdon Make Red Letter Day For Paris Punters?

Red Verdon has been supplemented for the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris and William Hill make Ed Dunlop’s colt 9-2 second-favourite.

“It is worth paying attention when Ed Dunlop supplements a horse, as we all saw with Trip To Paris in the Gold Cup last year, so Red Verdon could be worth a punt,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

The market leader is Mekhtaal, at 3-1 with William Hill, who won very easily at Deauville before disappointing in the Prix du Jockey Club. However, Jean-Claude Rouget’s horse was drawn very wide that day and he stayed on strongly to suggest the 1m4f trip of the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris would be ideal.

Godolphin’s Cloth Of Stars, who was last seen finishing 8th in the Derby at Epsom and Talismanic, who runs for the same owners and is also trained by Andre Fabre, are both at 5-1.

Irish representation comes in the form of two Aidan O’Brien horses – Beacon Rock (11-2) and Shogun (20-1). Beacon Rock appears to be the first string after a good run to finish second in the King Edward VII Stakes at Ascot. The fourth home that day, Housesofparliament, won the Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket’s July Festival last week. 

Maniaco is something of an unknown quantity and may attract some each-way support at 10-1. Trained by Andre Fabre, the twice-raced colt won easily at Chantilly last time. He is also impeccably bred, by Galileo out of Group 1 winner Plumania.

Pascal Bary’s Group 3 winner Spring Master (10-1) and Pia Brandt’s Mont Ormel (12-1), complete the potential line-up.

Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris: 3-1 Mekhtaal, 9-2 Red Verdon, 5-1 Cloth Of Stars, Talismanic, 11-2 Beacon Rock, 10-1 Maniaco, Spring Master, 12-1 Mont Ormel, 20-1 Shogun, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)