When Nashwa competes in the Prix de l’Opera Longines against 15 opponents on Sunday at Longchamp, she will be the featured act on an Arc undercard brimming with interest from British and Irish fans (3.50).
In one of the six Group 1 races that day, My Astra, trained by William Haggas, will face off against her. My Astra finished a game second in the Pretty Polly at the Curragh in June. Oaks heroine Tuesday will compete for Aidan O’Brien.
Above The Curve is Joseph O’Brien’s top contender, and William Buick has been assigned to ride the Prix Saint-Alary champion this year.
For John and Thady Gosden, however, 15-8 favourite Nashwa is the one to beat as Hollie Doyle rides the filly in search of another major triumph after she won the Prix de Diane this summer and the impressive Nassau Stakes.
Prix de l’Opera confirmed runners and riders
Ebaiyra Christophe Soumillon
Rumi Olivier Peslier
Insinuendo Billy Lee
Jupyra Christophe Lemaire
My Astra Tom Marquand
Agave Bauyrzhan Murzabayev
Nashwa Hollie Doyle
Place Du Carrousel Mickael Barzalona
La Parisienne Tbc
Rosacea Stephane Pasquier
Zefania Rene Pielechuk
Above The Curve William Buick
Tuesday Ryan Moore
Trevaunance Shane Foley
Mqse de Sevigne Maxime Guyon
Fall In Love Simon Planque
The Prix de l’Abbaye (4.20), where The Platinum Queen will attempt to become the first two-year-old winner since 1978, has a confirmed field of 19.
The Middleham Park-owned runner is another significant ride for Doyle, who was on board when this season’s Nunthorpe winner finished in second place while up against older competitors in a comparable situation.
Both Roger Varian’s Mitbaahy and A Case Of You, which won last year, are set to debut.