The 2m2f conditions hurdle at Auteuil (4.00pm) looks fairly competitive, but I think there is plenty of improvement to come from Saint Maxime and he is worth supporting at double-figure odds.

The Francois Nicolle representative was fifth on debut at Compiegne, when unsurprisingly well-fancied in the market.  Though he finished behind winner Irish Bar (who re-opposes), I didn’t think he really got the run of things in the straight and he looked to finish with a bit left in the tank.

A half-brother to a Listed winner over this course and distance, he looks the type to be suited by Auteuil and his yard won this last year.

4.00pm Auteuil – 1pt win, 0.5pt place Saint Maxime @ 10-1 (most firms)