Racing Report Card: A sprinter destined for Royal Ascot, a newcomer to note at Nottingham and

FRESH off the back of Epsom, it was France's turn in the sun with their Derby on Sunday afternoon.

We've been keeping a close eye on the action across the tracks and picked out some snippets you may have missed.


A sprinter heading to Royal Ascot ?

2.05 Chantilly – Inns Of Court

The master that is Andre Fabre has got a new lease of life from Inns Of Court since his Hong Kong exertions.

This was far from a strong Group 2, but he cruised through the race as if it was a piece of work and will be one of the leading lights for France at Ascot with the Diamond Jubilee his aim.

He's now five, but odds of 10-1 are as big as you can find for a wide-open looking Diamond Jubilee.

Newcomer to note ?

2.10 Nottingham – Al Aakif

William Haggas's debutant was all the rage in the betting and made no mistake with a smooth win under Jim Crowley.

It was smooth on the track, but far from it off it. He unseated Crowley on the way to post and was a big baby in the stalls.

He should come on for this and from a yard not known for its two-year-olds, he could spring a surprise or two this summer.

A horse on the up ?

3.25 Chantilly – Sottsass

The French have had their arse kicked on numerous occasions by British raiders. But it wasn't to be this time around, with Jean Claude-Rouget's Sottsass a clear winner of the French Derby at Chantilly.

The field were well-spread crossing the line, and with Persian King travelling like the winner throughout, it was a taking move that took the spoils.

Rouget has won this race with the likes of Brametot and Almanzor in recent years, and Sottsass's entry in the Irish Champion Stakes should not be ignored. He looks a proper horse.

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