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We haven’t seen Matauri Gold since his very promising debut at Deauville last November, but in what is an uncompetitive maiden at Angers today (12.05pm) he is worth chancing.
He finished a fine second that day, splitting subsequent black-type performers Yukata and Hidden Dimples. He travelled really well, which is encouraging given this trip looks a bare minimum on pedigree – he is by Golden Horn and out of a smart stayer, who finished fourth at Listed level over 1m7f.
Still, his trainer has found the right race for his return, and I’m keen to take on Badge, who has had plenty of chances and, though he is the form pick, the 6/5 doesn’t appeal.
We have to hope Mathieu Brasme has Matauri Gold somewhere near the mark, but the stable form is certainly encouraging after what has been a tricky year for the yard.
12.05pm Angers – Matauri Gold win @ 4-1 (all firms)
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