A strong British contingent heads to Chantilly on Sunday for the Prix Jean Prat which sees the return of impressive Craven winner Stormy Antarctic.
Ed Walker’s colt looked like being a leading light in the Classic generation this season when he beat Foundation by three and a half lengths at Newmarket in April.
That was on the back of a narrow defeat in a Group One at Saint-Cloud last November and he headed to the Guineas as a big contender.
However, he pulled a muscle in his shoulder at Newmarket and has been given plenty of time to recover.
“The Guineas was a write-off and he came back pretty sore,” said Walker.
“We’ve given him lots of time to recover and we’re very pleased with him again now.
“He’s come good. He’s in cracking form, but he’ll have quicker ground to encounter than that which his best form has been on.
“It may well be that on a sounder surface he might need further than a mile, but we’ll find that out.
“He’s in great shape and is the highest-rated horse in the race.
“God willing, whatever happens in this you’d like to think he will improve for it.
“We’re almost starting the season again, as it were, despite him already having had two runs.
“If all goes well, we’ll have a fresher horse than most for the second half of the season, when he will have plenty of options.
“I maintain 100 per cent faith in him.”
Jeremy Noseda is making the trip with his smart filly Nemoralia, runner-up in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot, in search of quicker ground.
Noseda told At The Races: “Ascot was frustrating. She ran well but she would have been better on faster ground.
“She’s gone on easy ground and has proven she handles it, but this is a game of fine margins and to win top races, unless you have a truly outstanding horse, you need everything to fall right and you need your best conditions.
“It looks like we’ll get fast ground and the trip and track will suit her well.
“I think it could be a good opportunity.”
Zonderland will represent Clive Cox, having already proven himself a smart colt.
He was sixth in the Guineas behind Galileo Gold and then won a Sandown Listed race so easily he warranted another crack at the top level.
Chris Richardson, of owners Cheveley Park Stud, said: “I’m a bit concerned about Nemoralia as we hoped she’d go to the Falmouth.
“He likes top of the ground and the ground looks like it will be perfect for him.
“He’s in great form and we need to get a run into him.
“It is a big step up, but I know that Clive Cox has always rated the horse and is very happy with him.”
Simon Crisford’s First Selection, second in the French Guineas to The Gurkha, adds a fourth strong British challenger to the list.
Pick of the home team could well be Jean-Claude Rouget’s Zelzal, who has only lost once in four starts, when 11th in the French Guineas.