Ten reasons why this promises to be a memorable year for French racing

1. Francis Graffard

The Chantilly-based trainer had the best year of his young career in 2015, when he finished seventh on the French trainers’ table based on prize money, with over €1.9 million from 58 winners, and recorded his first ever G1 victory, thanks to Erupt’s success in the Grand Prix de Paris.

The Godolphin Flying Start graduate starts 2016 with more 2-year-olds than last year as well as a nice bunch of unraced 3-year-olds. He will also be able to rely on stable star Erupt, who has not been seen since his sixth place in the G1 Japan Cup. The Niarchos family-owned son of Dubawi is reported to have come out of his trip to Japan in good form and is due to make his reappearance in the Prix Ganay, which will be held this year at Saint Cloud on May 1.

Qatar Racing’s 4-year-old Sumbal has also remained in training and this G2 winner could make his return to the track in the G2 Prix d’Harcourt at Chantilly on Sunday.

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