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Horse Racing Tips: Graeme Rodway's Longchamp - Prix Royal-Oak tips

There is Group 1 action at Longchamp on Sunday, with the Prix Royal-Oak taking centre stage and Racing Post tipster Graeme Rodway is here to run you through his best bets at the Paris track.

2.50 Longchamp

Jannah Flower @ SP

1pt win

3.25 Longchamp

Times Square @ SP

1pt win

Jannah Flower ready to bloom 

The Prix Royal-Oak (2.50) is a cracking staying contest and British-trained horses have a good recent record, having won the last three runnings and five of the last ten since 2012. Al Qareem, Rajinsky and Dillian are the British raiders this year and there is a strong Irish contingent too, with Princess Zoe and Search For A Song both boasting top-class form. 

Search For A Song might be best of that quintet, but they will all have to go to beat the French-trained Jannah Power if she turns up and produces her best form for the home team. Jannah Flower ran a good time when second to subsequent wide-margin Lonsdale Cup winner Quickthorn in the Prix Maurice de Nieuil over 1m6f at this course in July and she has run two solid races in defeat since, twice coming up short against top-class filly Sea La Rosa. 

Jannah Flower was below form when fourth to Sea La Rosa at Deauville in August, but that was over a trip (1m41/2f) short of her best and she is better suited by this track. She proved that on her return here when second in the Group 1 Prix de Royallieu on very soft last time. 

The selection stayed on strongly from the rear to go second close home, shaping like she would improve significantly for a stiffer test, and she gets the chance to prove that here back at her favourite track over a furlong-and-a-half further on testing ground. She can upset a few. 

Times Square can put his name in lights 

There is plenty of British interest in the Listed Prix de Saint-Cyr (3.25), which is the chief supporting race on the card. There are no less than five runners sent across The Channel. Harry and Roger Charlton have a 31 per cent strike-rate (5-16) when booking Ryan Moore and that suggests Whitebeam might be the best of the raiders. However, she was beaten in Listed company at Newmarket last time and this looks like a stronger race than her last one. 

It might therefore pay to stick with the home team again and nothing has a better chance than Times Square, who can strike for the top team of Christophe Ferland and Maxime Guyon. Times Square proved she is a classy filly on testing ground when second in the Prix Marcel Boussac over a mile at this course last year on heavy and she has those conditions for the first time since. That might be the catalyst to bring about a return to the form she showed that day. 

Times Square has shown her best only once this season, when finishing third behind Mangoustine and Cachet in the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches, again at this course, in May and maybe she just saves her best for this track. Her last two defeats have come away from here. 

This is a huge drop in class for Times Square from the Group 1 Pouliches and, if she can repeat that form back at her favourite track under optimum conditions, she should win this.

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