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French 1000 Guineas Betting Tips - Simeen the value for Poule d'Essai des Pouliches

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Jean-Claude Rouget can celebrate a win (Getty Images)

Poule d'Essai des Pouliches Betting Tips

Along with the first Classic of the season for colts, Deauville stages France’s equivalent of the 1000 Guineas on Monday. The Poule d'Essai des Pouliches has been won by many outstanding fillies throughout its storied history, and Tropbeau is currently the firm favourite to claim victory in the 2020 renewal.

The race has been rescheduled to take place at Deauville, rather than Longchamp, but it will still see a top-class field line-up as it is run alongside the Poule d’Essai des Poulains.

French 1000 Guineas Odds

Dream And Do6/1
Tickle Me6/1
Green Marieta10/1
Emoji 14/1
Speak of The Devil16/1
My Love's Passion20/1
Ellerslie Lace25/1

Odds from William Hill, correct at 28/05/20

French 1000 Guineas Runners & Form

Andre Fabre’s filly Tropbeau enjoyed a strong two-year-old campaign, following two pattern-race victories over seven furlongs with a decent third on her British debut in last year’s Cheveley Park Stakes. On her first start over a mile, Tropbeau squared off against Dream And Do and Tickle Me Green in the Prix de la Grotte, proving she stayed a mile comfortably by grinding out a half-length triumph.

Dream And Do tracked her market rival for much of the Prix de la Grotte, and looked to be travelling the better as she was angled out for an attack by Maxime Guyon. Dream And Do then seemed to lose her action when the pace really picked up at the furlong pole, allowing Tropbeau to wrestle a narrow advantage. 

Tickle Me Green wasn’t beaten too far back in third, sticking to her guns gamely after being passed by her rivals two-from-home. While it was an encouraging way to kick off her career in France – having joined from Markus Klug’s stable during the off-season – I’m not sure she has as much progression left in the tank as the two who headed her in the Prix de la Grotte.

Jean-Claude Rouget will throw unbeaten filly Simeen into the mix, having watched his charge make it three-from-three on her return to action at Chantilly. Christophe Soumillion’s mount still trailed Golden Crown by several lengths at the two-pole, but wasted little energy in reeling in her rival under hand-and-heels drive. True, Simeen lacks the big-race experience of many of her rivals, but she’s beautifully bred and is clearly packed with potential.

There’s then a decent gap in the betting until we find Marieta, who was last seen chasing Albigna home in the Prix Marcel Boussac. Tony Piccone’s mount made the running that day, but was powerless to deny her Irish rival and succumbed to a two-and-a-half-length defeat. Marieta will probably look to make the running again, especially if she lands an inside draw, but she could find herself vulnerable to a powerful closer.

French 1000 Guineas Tips

Unlike the Poule d'Essai des Poulains, there have been several recent upsets in the French 1000 Guineas. Fillies carrying prices as long as 12/1 and 33/1 have managed to claim Classic glory in the last decade alone. Speculative punters may see this as a reason to take a risk on an outsider like Emoji - a strong stayer who brings some half-decent form to the table. I, however, would rather side with one more prominent in the market.

I’m finding it very difficult to split Tropbeau and Dream And Do. Tropbeau saw out the trip very well on her prep-run and ran out a worthy winner. Yet, I felt Dream And Do could have been a lot smoother in the finish and has the potential to turn the tables on her Prix de la Grotte conqueror. The clock was stopped in a very respectable time that day and both have the potential to improve. On this occasion, though, I’m going to take a chance and back SIMEEN to outshine both.

French 1000 Guineas FAQs

Where is the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches run?

Traditionally it takes place at Longchamp. However, for 2020 the race will be run at Deauville.

Who will win the French 1000 Guineas?

Tropbeau is the favourite. However it is a competitive race and Simeen is our selection.

Is the French 1000 Guineas streamed live?

Bookmakers will be streaming the race live on Monday, June 1st. You can see where to watch it by visiting our live streaming page.



Everything Simeen has done thus far has been very impressive. Jean-Claude Rouget’s filly barely broke a sweat during two comfortable wins as a two-year-old. 

Although it took a while for the favourite to get on top of Golden Crown at Chantilly, Simeen shifted through the gears smoothly and still hadn’t been asked for a full effort as she cruised past the post. 

I fully expect this imposing daughter of Lope De Vega to take another step forward when she makes her Group One debut on Monday and Simeen would be a worthy winner of the Poule d'Essai des Poulains.

French 1000 Guineas Best Bet: Simeen To Win @500 at BetMGM - 2 Units

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