A couple of real course specialists in opposition in the staying handicap (4.07pm) and on this occasion, Auen Adventure looks the way to go.
A little unlucky when third in this race in 2022 (one place behind old rival Barbadin), he made no mistake in this last year off a 1kg lower mark. His form in Cagnes in the past two seasons reads 322124 and he comes into this race with an identical prep to last year, having finished down the field in the 3200m handicap at Chantilly in mid-December.
He looks sure to have been prepared for a second successive win in this, whereas Barbadin, third and second in the past two renewals, will be targeted at the upcoming Prix Marildo (won in 2023 and 2022) and Prix du Cheiron (won in 2022 and 2021, second last year) next month – he should still run well here, but is worth taking on for win purposes.
We were on side with Winterland when she scored by a wide margin at Fontainebleau in late November and connections have always had plenty of confidence in the mare, having turned down some fair offers to go jumping. She undoubtedly has the potential to go in again off this mark of 32, but is priced up accordingly.
It’s very encouraging to see Jess Parize’s Cagnes string running so well of late and Auen Adventure looks a solid each-way play.
1.15pm Cagnes – 1pt each-way Auen Adventure @ 5-1 (most firms, 6-1 with Bet365)