Intello Looks to Rebound in French Derby

Gerard and Alain Wertheimer's Intello, whose unbeaten record was tarnished in the French Guineas, will try to get back to his winning ways June 2 in the Prix du Jockey Club (Fr-I, French Derby) at Chantilly. 

 
The 2,100-meter (about 1 5/16-mile) classic attracted 19 runners.
 
Trainer Andre Fabre's Galileo colt took a three-race win streak, including a stakes victory at Newmarket, into the Poule d'Essai des Poulains (Fr-I, French Two Thousand Guineas) May 12 at Longchamp, but a troubled trip saw him finish third. He was beaten a neck and a head by respective winner and runner-up Style Vendome and Dastarhon. Olivier Peslier will be back aboard in the French Derby.
 
Fabre also sends out Godolphin Racing's Sky Hunter, a Darley-bred Motivator colt who enters the French classic unbeaten in three career starts. In his most recent outing, the bay handily shook off three rivals in a 2 1/2-length victory in a conditions race at the French Derby distance May 13 at Maisons-Laffitte. Maxime Guyon has the mount.
 
Three-time French Derby winner Frankie Dettori, former rider of first call for Godolphin, will be aboard Team Valor International's First Cornerstone after the jockey was cleared to return to race riding following a six-month suspension for a drug violation. 
 
The colt by 2005 French Derby runner-up Hurricane Run comes in off a fifth-place finish in the Irish Two Thousand Guineas (Ire-I) eight days earlier at the Curragh in his first start of the year for trainer Andy Oliver. 
 
Posting two wins as a juvenile, including the Futurity Stakes (Ire-II) in August at the Curragh, he closed the year with fourth-place finish in the Racing Post Trophy (Eng-I) Oct. 27 at Doncaster. A respiratory ailment forestalled his season debut. 
 
Considering the quick turnaround after the Irish Guineas, trainer Andy Oliver and Team Valor chief executive Barry Irwin opted for the shorter French Derby instead of the English equivalent at 1 1/2 miles a day earlier at Epsom.
 
The Aga Khan's Dalwari, closely related to 2003 French Derby winner Dalakhani, punched his ticket to the race with a 1 3/4-length win in the Prix de Guiche, defeating Sheikh Fahad Al Thani's French Derby entrant Mshawish May 14 at Chantilly. 
 
An impressive winner of his only start as a 2-year-old last November at Chantilly, the More Than Ready   colt finished third in his season opener in a condition race at Longchamp in April before flashing a good turn of foot for Christophe Lemaire off a solid pace in the Prix de Guiche. Lemaire will in the irons at Chantilly.  
 
Irish trainer Jim Bolger will send out French group I winner Loch Garman with son-in-law Kevin Manning at the reins. 
 
By Teofilo, Lock Garman flew from the back of the field to win the 1,600-meter (about one mile) Criterium International de Saint-Cloud (Fr-I) Nov. 1 for his second win as many starts as a juvenile while making a huge step up in class. Closer to the pace while stretching out to 1 1/4 miles in his 2013 bow, he finished second to Battle of Marengo in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial Stakes (Ire-II) May 12 at Leopardstown.
 
The French Derby field also includes Qatar Racing's Willie the Whipper, who finished second, eight lengths behind winner Morandi, a French Derby entrant, in the Criterium de Saint-Cloud (Fr-I) Nov. 10 in his final start as a juvenile for trainer Ann Duffield. The Whipper colt enters off a fourth in his season debut to eventual Irish Two Thousand Guineas (Ire-I) winner Magician   in the Dee Stakes (Eng-II) May 10 at Chester. Jamie Spencer will be aboard.
 
Trainer Jean-Claude Roguet will saddle Daniel-Yves Treves' Morandi, a Holy Roman Emperor colt who was sixth in the French Guineas after finishing as the runner-up in the Prix de Fontainebleau (Fr-III) April 14 at Lonchamp in is first start of the year.
 

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