Minotauros hasn’t got the best of win records (2-27), but he has been running better than the form suggests of late and is capable of getting his head in front at Saint-Cloud this afternoon (4.45pm).
A winner at this time last year on his fourth start for Ed Monfort, he was subsequently competitive off a mark of 35.5 in a couple of handicaps, including when fifth in a Quinte last November, a race in which he would’ve been even closer with a clearer run.
After a couple of comeback runs earlier this season (including a creditable fourth here in June), he finished an excellent second upped to this trip at Senonnes in July.
You can put a line through his next run at Tarbes, which came in a Quinte and in which he had excuses, while he was short of room in the closing stages at Deauville last time, but still ran well off his mark of 33.
He needs things to go right for him, but he is more than capable if getting the breaks and it’s good to see Leo Roussel back on board and claiming a valuable 3.5kg. He has a good record on Minotauros (1424) and his claim is being used very effectively by his trainer in recent weeks, with six of his last 12 rides for the yard winning.
4.45pm Saint-Cloud – 1pt win Minotauros @ 6-1 (all firms)
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