Chappet looks Skyward

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Chappet looks Skyward

FABRICE CHAPPET

Skyward promises to be the class act on show at Lyon-Parilly on Friday when he lines up for the Prix Bedel.

Unraced as a two-year-old, the Fabrice Chappet-trained four-year-old made great strides last season, winning his first two starts, both at Deauville over 1800m on the all-weather.
 
Chappet then stepped his Camelot colt up to 2400m for a Listed race at Saint-Cloud in September and was rewarded with a smart-looking performance.
 
This 2400m is clearly to his liking and he sticks to that distance for his reappearance in what is another Listed assignment.
 
It is not out of the question he might be able to go on to something even better after this.
 
Hellenistique is a promising sort that should take the beating in the Prix des Poulains et Pouliches. Trained by Francis-Henri Graffard, the Wootton Bassett gelding stayed on strongly to land his penultimate outing and was a runaway winner when last time seen in November.
More might be required now, but he certainly appears to be going the right way.
 
Salesman catches the eye in the Prix Louis Saulnier, despite the fact he has failed to strike in three outings to date. He is a Dubawi half-brother to multiple Group 1 winner Solow, so clearly there is some ability in the family and Salesman has shown a glimpse or two of promise.
Third on his debut at Deauville last year, he was sent off favourite again at that track in November but proved quite disappointing on the all-weather track in sixth.
 
He fared better returned to turf at Compiegne in March, finishing second to a stablemate before racing was brought to a halt and he certainly looks capable of getting his head in front.
 
Sassandra has placed on each of her three starts to date and can register her maiden win in the Prix Desir de Mai.
 
Third on her initial outing at Tarbes in October, she has since finished second twice at Toulouse, most recently at the beginning of March.
 
She was keeping on late in the day on that occasion and might feel the benefit of this slightly longer trip.
Parousia found Listed company beyond her on her final outing last year, but should be more at home back at a lower level.
 
A maiden winner at Longchamp in October, Parousia had registered a bit of useful form when a 2.50-length second to Queen at La Teste De Buche last August.
 
The winner went on to be placed twice at Group 3 level, which gives some hope for Parousia adding to her record. – Press Association

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