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Arc contender: Planteur
by Handicappers / Globeform
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PLANTEUR (Danehill Dancer) / Globeform 120p

Trainer: Elie Lellouche, France

PLANTEUR finished well - though failed to keep a straight line - when taking second to Behkabad in the Grand Prix de Paris (G1) at Longchamp in July, and there were good reasons to come away from that meeting feeling that he would be able to reverse the form. While Behkabad enjoyed a dream trip, Planteur was forced wide on the turn, when making his challenge from well off the pace. He seemed to be catching Behkabad for a few strides, but ducked left, then right and ran erratically inside last furlong. Planteur definitely looked like a horse open to plenty of improvement on this occasion, and he stepped up again when they clashed for a third time in the Prix Niel (G2) over the same course and distance in September. Behkabad beat him again though, this time by a head after quickening past him close home. Planteur was ridden prominently, shadowing his pacemaker, but Behkabad had him in his sights all along.

The two colts were 4 lengths clear of the third-placed Kidnapping (an Italian Listed winner), with the non-staying Victoire Pisa another 4 lengths further adrift in fourth. This is solid form, and Behkabad’s time (2.30,8) was by far the best of the three Arc trials. With plenty of scope for improvement, Planteur could well turn the tables on Behkabad in the Arc, but he will need to commit early in the straight. Previously considered a horse that might not stay the Arc trip, Planteur is now shaping up like a stamina runner, and his best chance of beating Behkabad seems to be to kick early and try to draw the sting out of his arch-rival. How Planteur is ridden could have a big impact on the shape of the race.

Last update: 2010-09-23 02:13:31 (First published: 2010-09-22 09:27:49 )

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