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Free Bird has had two starts back from a break and finds himself on a career-low mark in the claiming handicap today (11.50am).
He won nicely at Fontainebleau a year ago, travelling strongly and showing a good turn of foot to score. A return to that form would see him win this, and he finished third over 7.5f at Cagnes in February off a mark of 32.5 on very soft ground, so conditions today shouldn’t be an issue.
He looked to be finding his form when fifth at Clairefontaine last time and he has the speed to cope with the drop to 6.5f today.
Miroslav Rulec has been ticking along well this year (14-93) and though he runs two here, his main jockey Cyrille Stefan switches from recent dual winner Bobik to Free Bird in this.
11.50am Lyon – 1pt win, 0.5pt place Free Bird @ 9-1 (most firms, 10-1 in a place)
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