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Backing a once-raced three year old that pulled up on debut feels a little risky, but that is more than factored into the price for Lord Dino, who is worth supporting on his return to action today.
He was sent off favourite for the prestigious Prix Wild Monarch at Auteuil in April, and though that might not prove to be the strongest of renewals (though there are a couple to watch out for from the race), it was still considerably deeper than this. David Cottin provided the runner-up, but Lord Dino just looked in need of the experience, tending to jump a little big and not having anything left to offer from the home turn.
Still, it is very early days and this brother to dual Listed-placed hurdler Epic Tale is from an exceptional National Hunt family. Purchased for €80,000 as a two year old, he must have been showing plenty to justify going to Auteuil first time, especially given how strong he was in the market.
Cottin has had a disappointing year by his standards, but a treble at Compiegne on Friday could signal a return to form for the yard.
12.25pm Clairefontaine – 1pt win, 0.5pt place Lord Dino @ 9-1 (all firms)
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