06/20/2002 11:00PM

Fabre colt heads G.P. de Paris


Focus on the European racing scene crosses the English channel from Royal Ascot to Paris on Sunday, when the highlight on the Longchamp card is the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris. A 10-furlong Group 1 race for 3-year-olds, it has attracted a field of seven.

Shaanmer is the likely favorite for trainer Andre Fabre. Unbeaten in three starts as a juvenile, he most recently dead-heated for second behind Rouvres in the Group 1 Prix Jean Prat on June 2.

Three of those in the Grand Prix de Paris ran in the Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly, also on June 2. Castle Gandolfo, trained by Aidan O'Brien, fared best of the three, finishing fifth. Khalkevi was ninth and Without Connexion 11th. Khalkevi, a Group 2 winner two races ago, is expected show much-improved form today.

Earlier on the card, the six-runner Prix du Lys, a Group 3 over 1 1/2 miles, is a convention of bluebloods. Morozov, a full brother to Breeders' Cup Turf winner In the Wings, locks horns with Roar of the Tiger, a full brother to Giant's Causeway.

Loxias and Suleiman, half-brothers to Group 1 winners Keltos and Revoque, respectively, are also in the field.