The 2020 Prix de L’Abbaye takes place at Longchamp Racecourse on Sunday 4 October. This Group 1 race is run over 4 furlongs 213 yards and this year’s edition has attracted 11 entries, though the ante-post favourite Battaash has defected because of the prospect of very soft ground.
Five of the runners are trained in France and Livachope is bidding to become the first 2-year-old winner of the race since 1978. The filly gets between 17-20lb from her rivals but she has been beaten in Group company in her last two races.
Sestilo finished behind the re-opposing Batwan earlier in the season, but Batwan has since been beaten by another of her opponents Air De Valse. Wooded was also just beaten in that race but is 2lb better off for ¾ of a length. Another horse to be beaten in that race was the English-raider Lady In France, and she may struggle to turn the reverse that form.
England looks to have a stronger hand in the race. Archer’s Dream has a bit to find on ratings, but she may outrun her odds in conditions she has already shown she relishes. The same can’t be said of Liberty Beach, who has shown all her best form under much faster conditions.
Keep Busy and the Irish challenger Make A Challenge have shown winning form on a variety of ground, but both have shown they can handle the soft and could go well. Yet both were beaten by our tip last time out and there’s no reason why they should get any closer this here.
Glass Slippers is our Prix de L’Abbaye tip 2020. Kevin Ryan’s filly relished the very soft conditions when winning last year’s race by an impressive 3-lengths and she’s fancied to record back-to-back victories after coming back to winning form in Ireland last time. The slight negative is she’s drawn wider than ideal in stall-10 but, as she tends to break smartly from the stalls, she’s expected to be able to get a good early position in what is the weakest edition of this race for many years.
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