04/22/2010 11:00PM

Siyouni prepping at Longchamp


French champion 2-year-old Siyouni begins his 3-year-old campaign on Sunday in the Group 3, $106,000 Prix de Fontainebleau, the key trial for the French 2000 Guineas over the same one-mile Longchamp course and distance. A son of Pivotal owned by the Aga Khan and trained by Alain de Royer-Dupre-trained, Siyouni comes off an Oct. 4 victory in the Group 1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere and will be ridden by Gerald Mosse.

But Siyouni will be severely tested by the in-form Makani, an A.P. Indy half-brother to Arc winner Bago who took a one-mile allowance at Saint-Cloud on April 13 for Jonathan Pease, who trains him for the Niarchos family. Christophe Lemaire will ride.

Siyouni's stablemate Rosanara heads the Group 3 French 1000 Guineas prep, the one-mile Prix de la Grotte. A Sinndar filly, she looked sharp winning the one-mile, Group 1 Prix Marcel Boussac on Arc Day, but was only fourth against colts behind Jan Vermeer in the Group 1 Criterium International four weeks later. She could be vulnerable to the Jean-Marie Beguigne-trained Barouda, who was last seen winning the one-mile, Group 3 Prix des Reservoirs at Deauville on Oct 20. Givine, 4 for 4 at Bordeaux and Dax, gets her acid test.

Circumvent makes his third trip to France for British trainer Paul Cole in the 1 1/4-mile, Group 3 Prix La Force, a French Derby prep. He won the one-mile, Group 3 Prix Thomas Bryon and was second in the 1 1/8-mile, Group 3 Prix de Conde last fall. The Aga Khan-owned Daylami colt Darizi looks dangerous off a first-time out score in a 1 3/8-mile Fontainebleau allowance in March, as does Speartooth, the Niarchos Family's Hernando half-brother to Breeders' Cup Mile winner Domedriver who won a 1 1/4-mile Saint-Cloud allowance last month. Simon de Montfort, trained by Andre Fabre for Godolphin, returns from an April 4 score in a 1 1/4-mile listed race at Saint-Cloud.