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Mangoustine in the mix for Coronation Stakes test

Mikel Delzangles thinks there is a “very strong chance” Mangoustine will tackle the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot following her victory in the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches at ParisLongchamp.

In a thrilling finish to the French Classic, Delzangles’ charge held off 1000 Guineas heroine Cachet by a head, with Times Square and Rosacea, who had finished ahead of the winner in the Prix de la Grotte previously, also involved in a four-way tussle at the winning post.

The Dark Angel three-year-old is owned by French-American basketball star Tony Parker, who in the immediate aftermath spoke of his keenness to run at Royal Ascot and his trainer is willing to oblige his wishes, although did warn a successful raid on foreign soil would be no easy task.

Delzangles said: “There is a very strong chance we will come over for the Coronation Stakes. She was good and courageous to beat the English filly Cachet, who is a very good filly. But she did it and she has come out of the race very well and hopefully now she can come to Ascot in June.

“It will be a very good experience for myself and all connections to have a runner in a Group One at Ascot. Inspiral might be the one to beat and we will have to meet Cachet again and there could be some top Godolphin and Irish horses there as well, so we won’t be expecting an easy race.”

The Frenchman, who won the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket with Makfi in 2010, could also be represented at the summer showpiece by Bubble Smart, who holds an entry in the Ascot Gold Cup.

The five-year-old mare was third behind Trueshan and Stradivarius in the Group One Prix Du Cadran last October and was on the premises once again in her reappearance when beaten less than a length in the Prix de Barbeville.

Bubble Smart is set to run in the Prix Vicomtesse Vigier at ParisLongchamp at the end of the month and her handler hopes a strong showing in that Group Two will put her in line to also cross the Channel.

“She will run at Longchamp on May 26 and if she does well there, she might go for the Ascot Gold Cup,” continued Delzangles.

“I wouldn’t mind soft ground (at Ascot) as I think that is always better over long distances to preserve the horses, but she ran a very good race at Longchamp last time.

“The main thing for her is she needs pace in the race and the further the better, so two and a half miles in the Ascot Gold Cup would be perfect for her.”

Cachet just denied by Mangoustine in bid for Classic double

Cachet just missed out as Mikel Delzangles’ Mangoustine prevailed after a thrilling finish to the Emirates Poule d’Essai des Pouliches at ParisLongchamp.

The filly was placed third at the same track in the Prix de la Grotte in April, coming home behind Rosacea in a race that often acts as a trial for the French 1000 Guineas itself.

Rosacea was the favourite for French Classic as a result, but it was 12-1 chance Mangoustine who was able to reverse the form under Gerald Mosse when denying George Boughey’s Newmarket Guineas heroine Cachet by just a head in a tight group finish.

The Dark Angel three-year-old is owned by French-American basketball star Tony Parker, who told Sky Sports Racing: “I feel amazing, it’s like a dream.

“After a year investing in this world, I never thought I’d be winning a race like this.

“I just want to say thanks to everybody, it’s really a team effort and it’s unbelievable.”

When asked how the victory compared to his NBA successes, Parker said: “It’s kind of similar, it can’t be better than this. It’s a big race, it’s one of the best races in the world, so to win this with Mangoustine is unbelievable.

“Maybe we will come to the UK, I know that if she went well today we would think about Ascot. We’ll see, we’ll talk with the coach, but if the next thing is the UK that would be great.”

Mosse felt the filly’s relaxed style of running was an asset and hopes connections will opt to head to Ascot in June.

“We had a lovely run. She doesn’t panic, she relaxed well and when I said ‘it’s time to go’, she really gave me a good feel,” he said.

“She kicked really strongly and fought to the line. She always kept something in her pocket to the end.”

Regarding Ascot he added: “Ask the trainer, I’m only the pilot! I would love to go, she could go, she has the ability, definitely.”

Delzangles – who won the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket with Makfi in 2010 – ruled out going for the French Oaks.

He said: “It’s not necessarily how you would have wished for the race to pan out tactically, but she didn’t get hampered. Last year, we harboured some doubts about her ability to stay. Would she really stay a mile? Given the way the race unfolded, she saw out every inch of the trip.

“She toughed it out when it came to the fight, and the race certainly wasn’t won, as the British filly kept plugging away. She’s a great filly. I don’t think she’ll stay much further. I made the mistake of running her aunt (Flotilla) in the Prix de Diane Longines, and I won’t do that again.”

George Boughey is looking forward to Ascot with Cachet
George Boughey is looking forward to Ascot with Cachet (David Davies/PA)

Boughey felt Cachet’s draw in stall 10 was not the most competitive but is emboldened to go for the Coronation Stakes after her fine effort in defeat.

“She’s so tenacious, I think the draw might have cost her a length coming out of the stalls and James (Doyle) said she slightly pecked on landing coming out,” he said.

“It was a massive run, it hasn’t been done for 12 years to come back two weeks later and win a Guineas and she was very close.

“I think she’ll go to Ascot, she’s in the Coronation. Fortunately with the good horses the map plans itself, I think I’ve got more confidence going for the stiffer mile at Ascot after that.

“She was very tenacious to the line and possibly we might have made a bit more use of her in hindsight knowing that.

“She’s got a nice break now, she’s got four weeks and the two weeks from Newmarket to here is quick – she’ll go to Ascot.”