Chantilly rain could hit Bid

Darren Bunyan, trainer of Hit The Bid

Trainer Darren Bunyan does not want to see any more rain at Chantilly as Hit The Bid vies for Group Two honours in the Prix du Gros-Chene on Sunday.

The three-year-old colt was a surprise winner of a Group Three at the Curragh last August and reverts to the minimum trip in France having finished last over seven furlongs at Dundalk in April.

Bunyan hopes it remains dry, though, as Hit The Bid needs a brisk surface to be at his best.

The Curragh handler said: "They had plenty of rain on Friday, but it's drying up all the time.

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"The ground is crucial to this horse as he needs it good or faster.

"He's in very, very good form. The journey to France couldn't have gone any better and he's twice the horse he was last year.

"He's absolutely thrived and after this I imagine we'll be looking at all those good sprints in Ireland, England and France this summer."

Muthmir is another fast-ground specialist and won the Prix du Gros-Chene in 2015.

The William Haggas-trained seven-year-old takes his chance once again, with Jim Crowley at the helm.

Willytheconqueror represents William Muir, while last year's winner Son Cesio is back for more ahead of a possible tilt at the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.

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