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Menuisier deliberating Derby run for Sir Bob Parker

Sir Bob Parker could still tackle the Cazoo Derby after finishing third in his trial in France on Sunday.

The David Menuisier-trained Siyouni colt was beaten two and three-quarter lengths by Onesto in the Group Two Prix Greffulhe at Saint-Cloud as he attempted to follow up last month’s Chantilly win.

Cristian Demuro’s mount tracked the pace in the 10-and-a-half furlong event, but dropped to third in the final 100 yards and connections of the Michael Watt-owned colt felt he could have finished closer to the winner.

Despite all of his three runs coming on the other side of the English Channel, Menuisier believes there is still a chance he will make his British debut in the Epsom Classic, for which he is a general 50-1 chance.

“He ran really well,” said the Pulborough handler. “I was really pleased. I don’t think the race was run to suit.

“If he had made more use of him then he would have been better. To me, he should have finished closer than he did. I think he also showed he will be better over further.

“There is nothing set in stone, but there is a chance we might give him a go in the Derby, should he be well or what have you.

“When you look at the results of the sectional times, you know how the horse could be, so I am very pleased with the horse, but I was frustrated with the way the race was run.

“It was part of the plan to let him stride on. It’s OK. I would rather be effective on D-Day rather than in a trial. Trials are there to try things.”

Menuisier is still mulling over options for Lionel, who finished third to Natural World in a deep maiden at Newbury on his seasonal debut.

That was only the second start of his career and the Normandie Stud-owned son of Lope De Vega missed an intended engagement in the Lingfield Derby Trial last weekend.

Menuisier said: “The next one is Goodwood’s Cocked Hat Stakes (May 20) – if the ground is suitable.

“If not, we might go to France for the Group Two Prix Hocquart (at ParisLongchamp) over a mile and three furlongs on May 26.

“It depends on the track. In an ideal world, he doesn’t want it rattling. Goodwood usually do a good job of the ground, but not if it is good to firm.”

Lionel/Newbury
Lionel could have a Derby prep at Goodwood (Simon Milham/PA)

Lionel is a general 33-1 shot for the Derby, but he warned punters that a successful trial may not warrant a place in the line-up at Epsom.

He added: “I’m not convinced the Epsom Derby is Lionel’s race, anyway. I am not sweating about it.

“We are quite open-mined about the whole thing. There is no pressure to do one thing or the other.”

Mixed emotions for Mise En Scene camp in wake of Guineas

It was a bittersweet weekend for James Ferguson, who had to pull his Mise En Scene out of the Qipco 1000 Guineas on the day of the race with a high temperature and then could only watch on as Cachet made all in the first fillies’ Classic of the season.

Ferguson’s charge was only a short head behind George Boughey’s runner when the pair finished third and fourth respectively in the Fillies’ Mile last season and it is that close proximity to the Classic winner that is giving the Saville House Stables handler cause for optimism that he has a very smart horse on his hands.

“It was gutting for the whole team, the whole yard and the Qatar team, but we’ve got to be grateful it is just a temperature and nothing else,” explained Ferguson.

Great Yarmouth Races – June 29th
Trainer James Ferguson believes Mise En Scene could be a top-class operator (Edward Whitaker/PA)

“It was just a routine pre-race temperature check and there is no point turning up to a race as big as the Guineas if you are not 100 per cent, we’re just very grateful we know we have a very good filly in the yard.

“On form we would have run very well in the Guineas, to say we would have won is a massive ask, but we would have run well and therefore we know we have a nice filly moving forward.”

Mise En Scene holds an entry in the Irish 1,000 Guineas and Ferguson admits a trip to the Curragh is the logical starting point for the daughter of Siyouni’s season, providing she recovers in time to hit the track in peak condition.

He continued: “We’ll see how she comes out, we’ve got three weeks and if we can get her back on track that would be the logical choice, but I’d need to confirm things with the Qatar team and Sheikh Fahad. We would go straight there, but she’s got a temperature at the moment and needs to get over that first.”

Exciting stablemate El Bodegon will to France on Sunday as he steps up his preparation for a possible tilt at the Cazoo Derby.

The Kodiac colt was seen twice in Britain last season and, having won a seven-furlong novice race at Sandown in July, was campaigned exclusively in France thereafter.

He won the last two of his three runs across the English Channel, scoring in Group Three company at Chantilly before giving Ferguson his first top-level winner, when under an inspired ride from Ioritz Mendizabal he signed off with victory in the Group One Criterium de Saint-Cloud in October.

All five of El Bodegon’s starts were in ground on the softer side of good and the Newmarket handler is keen to avoid quick ground if at all possible.

“All being well, he will go to France for the (Group Two) Prix Greffulhe,” said Ferguson. “He is still on course for the Derby.

“I would say he is fairly versatile in terms of ground conditions, but I wouldn’t want to run him on rattling ground.

“He has done so well on soft ground and he has done so well in France.

“He obviously won the big one at Saint-Cloud, so why not send him back to Saint-Cloud, where the prep – although its has some good, high-profile horses in there – is going to probably be slightly weaker than the Dante?”

Connections of the colt, who is owned by the Nas Syndicate and Anthony O’Callaghan, could still opt for the Qatar Prix du Jockey Club on Sunday, June 5, rather than the Epsom Classic a day earlier.

Ferguson added: “I think the decision will be made a week before.”