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James Ferguson is banking on a return to France bringing out the very best in...

James Ferguson is banking on a return to France bringing out the very best in El Bodegon within the Prix du Jockey Membership at Chantilly on Sunday.

A Group Three winner at Chantilly in September, the Kodiac colt went on to spherical off his juvenile marketing campaign by offering his coach with a primary Group One success within the Criterium de Saint-Cloud.

Having overwhelmed main Derby contender Stone Age on the latter event, El Bodegon was effectively fancied for his return within the Dante at York, however trailed house seventh of the eight runners.

With circumstances more likely to be extra in his favour for this weekend’s French Derby, Ferguson is hopeful his secure star can bounce again to kind, with Ioritz Mendizabal – who steered him to each of his French triumphs as a juvenile – set to return to the saddle.

Reflecting on his York run, Ferguson mentioned: “I believe we’ll give him the good thing about the doubt and run him in France the place every little thing needs to be in his favour, hopefully.

“He is clearly achieved his greatest racing in France and so they’re due a little bit of rain at Chantilly, so hopefully there will be a little bit of ease within the floor and I believe it is the logical step going ahead actually.”

El Bodegon is 20-1 with Coral for the Prix du Jockey Membership, with Charlie Appleby’s Fashionable Video games the 5-2 favorite to finish a Basic double following his French 2000 Guineas success.

“It is a very aggressive race and Fashionable Video games goes to be very laborious to beat, however we’re going there with each probability and searching ahead to it,” Ferguson added.

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“He is in good kind, the plan is for Ioritz to trip and we’ll study much more about him.”