The two-year-old claimer (1.20pm) features a 43.5-rated favourite (96 UK) in Condrieu, but the 5f debut winner doesn’t scream out that he wants a mile and his run at Lion d’Angers last time suggests he could be one to take on. With that in mind, the hat-trick seeking Jolienene could be a shade of value.
A 6f claiming winner for Cedric Rossi back in May, she took time to find her feet for this yard, but has clearly improved for the step up in trip and her last two outings have seen her win claimers over 7f and a mile at Vichy. She travelled much the best last time and only did what she needed to once hitting the front.
Nick Littmoden has made a bright start in France this year and with five of his last 11 winning, he has his string in excellent form. Jolienene got the better of the third-favourite on identical terms last time and in receipt of a stone from the favourite today, she is worth supporting.
1.20pm Clairefontaine – 1pt win Jolienene @4-1 (Skybet, William Hill)
Romain Le Dren Doleuze has the favourite in the mile handicap (3.05pm) with Dos Argente, but Quentin Perrette has ridden more winners than anyone else for the yard this year. He has been on Dos Argente on two of that one’s three runs in maidens, but is on Jeneregretterien in this.
The filly showed more than enough ability to suggest she can win off this mark when fifth in two of her three maidens for Alain Bonin, including at Tarbes in April. That yard is 0-58 this year, whereas she has now joined an excellent outfit that are operating at 16% in 2021.
She finished fourth of 13 on her handicap/yard debut on the AW at Deauville, but she just went a little too quick and set the race up for the two that tracked her.
She was unfancied in the market that day, but is a likely improver with that run under her belt. She showed lots of pace and this drop back from 1m1.5f to a mile looks a sensible move for this daughter of 7f performer American Devil.
3.05pm Clairefontaine – 1pt win Jeneregretterein @ 11-1 (various)