ZUT ALORS! Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe day at Chantilly literally couldn't have been any worse for the home team.
No wins from six Group One races was an embarrassing return and the French trainers will be arriving at Newmarket tomorrow with their tails between their legs.
Lying in wait are Messrs Gosden and Dettori who will be trying to rub more salt into the wounds of their Gallic counterparts in the Sun Chariot Stakes (2.40pm).
Enable was simply devastating on Sunday and favourite backers will be hoping Persuasive can give the duo a second Group One prize in the space of six days.
However, this has been a lucky race for the French in recent years with Les Bleus plundering five of the last eight renewals.
Persuasive has to be respected following her third in the Matron Stakes last month, but she’s now been beaten on her last three starts, the only time she has ran in Group One company.
Although she’s likely to go well, she’s short enough in the betting at 9/4 and I’m going to put my faith in the French team bouncing back.
Usherette won on the Rowley Mile at the start of last season and is trained by a genius in Andre Fabre, so can’t be ruled out.
Freddy Head’s Siyoushake has run really well in Group One company on her last two starts and was a respectable fourth in this race behind Alice Springs 12 months ago.
But for me QEMAH looks the strongest contender and I can see her giving trainer Jean-Claude Rouget a much needed boost at the end of a testing season.
The yard suffered a horrific bout of Equine Herpes back in the spring which led to the death of two horses.
Qemah was fortunately unaffected and she picked up her second Royal Ascot win in a row when taking the Group Two Duke Of Cambridge Stakes.
She wasn’t beaten far behind Roly Poly in the Prix Rothschild at Deauville in August, a race she won in 2016, before slightly disappointing at Leopardstown last month.
There were excuses for that run, as she was very keen early from her wide draw and it just didn’t pan out for her.
This will be her first start at Newmarket, but she’s a genuine Group One contender and 7/1 looks too big.
Over at Ascot, Fabre has decided to bring WALDGEIST to keep Usherette company and he looks unopposable in the Group Three Cumberland Lodge Stakes (2.25pm).
The son of Galileo was only just touched off by Brametot in the French Derby and then finished a close fourth behind Capri and Cracksman in the Irish Derby.
That form is miles stronger than anything else in this field so I’d advise taking the generally available 11/10. He should be odds-on.
Even though Gosden may not win the Sun Chariot, I fancy another of his Cheveley Park Stud-owned fillies to land the Listed October Stakes (4.10pm).
ETERNALLY got the job done easily in this race last year and she can repeat the feat following two fine runs in Group Three company this term.
Rab Havlin has had a nightmare this season, but he’s now served his drugs ban and will love nothing more than winning a big Saturday race.
Waldgeist 2.25pm Ascot
Qemah e/w 2.40pm Newmarket
Eternally 4.10pm Ascot