Paray ran a really nice race on debut at Longchamp last month and is worth supporting to make it second time lucky at Angers this morning (10.40am).
There was a bit of confidence behind him on debut that day and he ran accordingly. He settled well in midfield, and when the pace quickened he was the only one to emerge from the pack to challenge the front four, which had been in that position throughout. He pulled seven lengths clear of the sixth, and three of the four in front of him (the winner Heartache Tonight was on debut, and is a half-sister to the same yard’s top-class Wonderful Tonight) had previous experience, all three showing a good level of form on debut.
The fact Mathieu Brasme started him off at Longchamp suggests he thinks a fair bit of him and while there are a couple of obvious dangers, this isn’t a strong maiden and just a repeat of the form Paray showed in Paris should be enough to go close.
10.40 Angers – 1pt each-way Paray @ 6-1 (most firms, 13/2 in a place)
It will be fascinating to see how Colonia Victoria fares in race 2 at Angers (10.10am). The very well-bred daughter of Zarak is a half-sister to the likes of 2015 Royal Hunt Cup winner GM Hopkins on the flat, and last year’s Grade 1 Prix Cambaceres winner Kyrov over hurdles.
An excellent second on debut at Compiegne in June, she was having her first start since when fifth in the Group 3 Preis der Winterkönigin (the top race in Germany for 2yo fillies) at Baden-Baden last month and this looks a great spot for her. She opened up at 20/25-1 with a few firms last night and was the same price this morning, but unfortunately that all went pretty quickly!
Henk Grewe’s yard have endured a very disappointing campaign both in Germany and in France, but his team have been in good nick of late and it would be great to see Colonia Victoria sign off for the season with a win this morning.