A really good card at Saint-Cloud today, but we head to the lowest-grade race on the card for our bet!
Zarika heads the market for the claiming handicap, but she is 4-50 in her career to date and high enough in the weights, so the fact she is favourite highlights how weak a race this is.
By contrast, Dandy Place is an impressive 12-58 (8-34 for this yard) and returns to turf off a 2kg lower mark than when runner-up in a handicap in December on his latest outing on the grass. He has a good record under Ambre Molins and his prominent style of racing is well-suited to this course. He ran creditably at Marseille two starts back and you can put a line through his latest run, when stuck on the inside and badly hampered on a couple of occasions.
After a slow start to the year, his trainer has really started to hit form, scoring with six of his last 22 runners. At 16-1, Dandy Place is overpriced to boost that recent record.
3.10pm Saint-Cloud – 1pt win, 0.5pt place Dandy Place @ 16-1 (all firms)