TUESDAY, 19 MAY FRENCH RACING TIPS: Waahaat stands outside chance of becoming Classics contender

FRENCH RACING TIPS: Waahaat stands outside chance of becoming Classics contender with Prix Nubienne victory at Saint-Cloud

  • Jean-Claude Rouget is targeting success with Simeen in the French Classics
  • Waahaat could also join Raabihah in contention with a win at Saint-Cloud
  • Waahaat made a fine start to her career at the Paris venue last September

Trainer Jean-Claude Rouget already boasts leading contenders for this season’s French Classics with 1,000 Guineas contender Simeen and ante-post Prix de Diane (French Oaks) favourite Raabihah prominent in the ante-post markets.

There is an outside chance Waahaat (11.40) may join her stablemates as a Classic hopeful if impressing in Tuesday’s Prix Nubienne at Saint-Cloud.

From the family of high-class French Oaks winner Stacelita, Waahaat made a fine start to her career at the Paris venue last September when emphatically landing a 16-runner mile maiden under jockey Cristian Demuro.

Sottsass, ridden by Christian Demuro in 2019, is one of Jean-Claude Rouget’s success stories

Not unfancied, Rouget’s filly displayed few signs of inexperience that day, picking up the running early before lengthening in taking fashion to register a cosy win.

Her second start, on Deauville’s synthetic surface, ended in a narrow defeat, but she would arguably have learned more from that outing given she was gamely repelled close home by Bellanodine who subsequently landed a conditions event a month later.

Racing in the same colours as recent Longchamp Listed winner Raabihah, Waahaat has some way to go before usurping her stablemate at the head of the market for the middle-distance fillies Classic, but she looks to have the class and scope to be competing for high honours this term.

Earlier on the card, Rouget saddles the once-raced Toulouse scorer Moujik in a similar events for colts and geldings, the Prix Birum.

However, Rouget’s son of Siyouni may be worth opposing with National Service (11.10), who is trainer Gavin Hernon’s third runner since the resumption of racing.

The two previous runners yielded a big-priced scorer last week (Goldino Bello) and the Irish trainer, based in Chantilly, has wisely booked Arc winning jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot for maiden winner National Service.

Hernon saw the Chantilly form of his three-year-old boosted by the likes of runner-up Stanzo landing a conditions event at that venue in February and in-form Boudot boasts a near one in three strike rate since racing resumed.

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