The 7f maiden at Fontainebleau (1.25pm) is for two year olds that have run more than once and are yet to pick up more than €4,000 in prize-money. As such, it lacks strength in depth and the morning prices underestimate the chances of Noce D’Or.
He showed plenty of promise when sixth on debut over 6f at Saint-Cloud in July in a race that worked out well, getting shuffled back at halfway but staying on nicely enough, beaten a couple of lengths for third – the fifth and seventh both went on to win maidens next time out.
As a half-brother to the same connections’ top-class sprinter Marchand D’Or, he could have been expected to handle the drop to 5.5f at Dieppe on his next outing. However, he just looked to find everything happening too quickly that day and was looked after when his chance was gone.
The Delzangles juveniles can take time to find their form and this son of Andre Fabre’s Group 1 Jacques Le Marois winner Al Wukair is likely to appreciate the step up to 7f. The yard is going really well at present (6-17 in the past eight days) and hopefully Noce D’Or can make it third time lucky this afternoon.
1.25pm Fontainebleau – 1pt win Noce D’Or @ 9-1 (Betfred, Betway, 17/2 elsewhere)