In the opener at Lyon Parilly (11.05am), Greatel looks tough to oppose and deserves to be odds-on.

It might not have been a great claimer in which she finished second at Compiegne last time, but she certainly improved for the step up in trip, staying on well to finish second, and this is weaker still.

Even on her previous form, when fourth at Marseille Borely in May, she has the beating of these, and unless Pedrar can take a big step forwards on second start, this looks a straightforward task for Greatel under Maxime Guyon.

11.05am Lyon Parilly – 1pt win Greatel @ 6/5 (most firms, 5/4 with William Hill)


In the mile maiden at Lyon Parilly (1.50pm), Sir Thomas looks a fair price to make it second time lucky.

The well-related, Yeguada Centurion-owned three year old started off in the Prix de Joinville at Chantilly and showed up well for a long way over the 1m2f that day.

The drop back to a mile looks sure to suit, and this looks a weaker race, so even a repeat of that debut form should be enough to see him go very close.

Christopher Head is an excellent young trainer and had a first Group success recently with Sibila Spain in the Group 2 Prix du Muguet.  He looks to have found a good spot for Sir Thomas and the 11/4 is worth taking.

1.50pm Lyon Parilly – 1pt win Sir Thomas @ 3-1 (most firms, including William Hill, Quinnbet and Fitzdares)