Lindy team aiming to topple Blue Rose Cen

Lindy will bid to make it third time lucky when she clashes with Blue Rose Cen once again in the Prix de Diane on Sunday.

Trained by Christophe Ferland, the daughter of Le Havre has picked up a silver medal behind Christopher Head’s big-race favourite in both the Prix de la Grotte and French 1000 Guineas so far this season.

However, her handler is hoping the move up to 10 furlongs for this weekend’s Chantilly Classic can bring about a different outcome.

Ferland said: “She had a very good winter and came back in the Prix de la Grotte. That was exactly what we wanted and the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches was her target.

“She hasn’t won it, but both times she was beaten by a very good filly who had been a good winner at two. But now things change a little bit as we are going over a different trip.

“There are no rules on how to ride her and when she won in Toulouse, she actually won from the front. What happened in the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches is there was a little movement when she left the stalls and she was following in behind horses. The jockey let her find her rhythm and then she came into the race.

“Over 2,100 metres it will be a whole different ball game. I can’t really say anything at the moment because we don’t know how many runners we have in the race and the draw, but she is capable of a good gear change and it is absolutely possible when she is closer to the pace she can accelerate in a different way as she has a lot of speed.”

On the same afternoon as Blue Rose Cen was denying Lindy over a mile at ParisLongchamp, Carlos Laffon-Parias’ Jannah Rose was advertising her own Classic credentials by taking the Prix Saint-Alary in impressive style.

The daughter of Frankel will have proven stamina on her side when she strides out at Chantilly, but Laffon-Parias is respectful of the challenge Blue Rose Cen presents and regards her French Guineas triumph as strong form, having seen his own Kelina frank the result when comfortably winning the Prix de Sandringham recently.

He said: “The favourite is the winner of the French Guineas and she was very impressive. She beat a lot of good horses in the Marcel Boussac and the form of the Guineas is very good. I finished fourth in that race with a horse, Kelina, who went on to win a Group Two very easily.

“Now the question is, over a mile and a quarter, will she stay? That is a question for her trainer but I think she is the filly to beat.”

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