Treve set for Vermeille
Frankie Dettori gets to put his potential Arc mount Treve through her paces on the course during a fine day of trials at Longchamp on Sunday.
Criquette Head-Maarek's unbeaten filly is one of the shiniest jewels in the Italian's arrangement with Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani, and he has already been to Chantilly to get acquainted.
Treve has only run three times so far, but graduated to Classic honours in the Prix de Diane and will be a leading contender for the Group One Prix Vermeille.
"Everything has gone well since the Prix de Diane, she worked very well with Frankie Dettori on board two weeks ago. He liked her, and said she has got a great turn of foot," said Head-Maarek.
"We'll see on Sunday. If she wins, or runs well, we might then go for the Arc. It is raining here, but I don't like to make excuses as I think a horse can win on every ground if they are good enough.
"She won on soft ground as a two-year-old, and I don't think it will be too bad.
"She has a good draw in stall three. She's a very easy filly to train, she's like a little bicycle - you can put her anywhere you want."
And ease in the ground will be welcome for Lady Cecil's Wild Coco, who has missed many engagements due to quicker conditions, while Yorkshire Oaks runner-up Venus de Milo and Andre Fabre's classy quartet of Prix Jean Romanet winner Romantica, Galvaun, La Pomme d'Amour and Tasaday are among the 11.
"It looks a good race, there is a good English filly in there, and Fabre has about four, but she'll be OK," said Head-Maarek.
The well-liked trainer has been a frequent visitor to Britain during her career, and a knack with fillies has won her the 1000 Guineas on four occasions, and the same number of Cheveley Parks.
Head-Maarek said: "Sadly she's my only one this year. But hopefully next year I'll be coming back to England with some nice young horses."