Senga ‘spot-on’ for Guineas

Profitable wins the King's Stand Stakes last season.

A preview of the action from Deauville on Saturday, where the card features the French 1000 Guineas.

Connections of Senga expect the daughter of Blame to be cherry ripe in her bid for Classic glory in the Abu Dhabi Poule D'Essai Des Pouliches (French 1000 Guineas) at Deauville on Saturday.

The Pascal Bary-trained filly ended last term with a creditable fourth to the Godolphin-owned Wuheida in the Prix Marcel Boussac and got 2017 off to a good start with victory in a Group Three over a mile at Chantilly last month.

"She's in good form. She learnt a lot in the Prix de la Grotte. She was a little underdone that day and has come on nicely and should be spot on for Saturday," said Alan Cooper, racing manager for owners Flaxman Stables.

"It is the second time this is being run on the straight track and John Gosden's filly (Nathrah) was second from the same draw of 14 last year and there are a lot of good horses on the outside this year.

"She's a nice, big strong filly and we hope she can go forwards as the year goes on."

Aidan O'Brien's only success in this race came back in 2001 with Rose Gypsy and he has three chances of bridging the gap with Roly Poly, Rain Goddess and Smoulder.

Roly Poly, winner of the Group Two Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket last summer, heads the Ballydoyle trainer's team. She is fit from a prep run in the Nell Gwyn last month.

"Roly Poly ran well in Newmarket. She got a little bit laboured in the middle of the race, she was a little but ring rusty, and then she stayed on at the end of it," said O'Brien.

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"Rain Goddess ran well at Newbury (when fourth in the Fred Darling)."

William Haggas is double-handed with the unbeaten Cristal Fizz and Sea Of Grace, who was fifth in the Nell Gwyn on her reappearance.

However, the Newmarket trainer would have preferred softer conditions for his two contenders.

"I could have done with a bit more rain, there's not been enough, but they are both fit and well and should hopefully run well in what is a big, competitive field," he said.

Toulifaut attempts to give trainer Jean-Claude Rouget a fourth successive win in the fillies' Classic after Avenir Certain, Ervedya and La Cressonniere.

Profitable makes his first start in the colours of Godolphin as he tackles the Prix de Saint-Georges on the same card.

The five-year-old raced for Alan Spence last term as he won the Temple Stakes at Haydock before going on to Royal Ascot glory in the King's Stand Stakes.

Darley purchased the son of Invincible Spirit as a stallion prospect prior to his Ascot victory and it was announced in November that Profitable would race on this term in the Godolphin blue.

He is still with original trainer Clive Cox but will have James Doyle in the plate as he returns to action in France after a planned Newmarket run last week was scuppered by a late setback.

Cox told www.godolphin.com: "We have been pleased with Profitable. I think that he should have a very strong chance, especially with Signs Of Blessing running under a penalty.

"I am pleased with the forecast ground conditions and looking forward to seeing him back in action."

Dean Ivory's Lancelot Du Lac is the only other British-trained challenger in the five-furlong heat.

Last year's Prix Maurice de Gheest winner concedes upwards of 5lb to each of his nine rivals following that Group One success, while Finsbury Square also carries a penalty following his Group Three win at Deauville in August.

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