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The opener at Chantilly this afternoon looks a useful fillies’ maiden for black type prospects. Favourite Ashiya represents the Delzangles yard and finished behind three fillies on debut in the coveted Prix des Marettes who all won their next starts.


She holds an entry in the Prix des Reservoirs next month and shouldn’t take long to open her account, but at the prices I prefer second choice Carvana.


Carvana ran with promise on debut at Longchamp and although the winner was beaten on her next start, I still think she is closely matched with Ashiya on form and therefore I love that Leo Roussel gets the leg up for Carlos Laffon-Parias for the first time on Carvana today and is able to claim 5lbs. Roussel has won a couple of maidens this month and is one of very few capable apprentice riders out there now that Hugo Lebouc and Simon Planque have both recently lost their claims.


12.08pm Chantilly – 1pt win Carvana @ 11/4 (generally available or 3-1 with William Hill)



Andre Fabre is firing with his two-year olds and has saddled 11 individual winners already this term. By contract, Francis-Henri Graffard, who trains Race Three favourite Huggy Wuggy, has been far quieter.


Huggy Wuggy is a half-brother to Saturne, who opened her account at the first time of asking for Graffard over this C&D almost exactly a year ago. His family is prolific but he behaved poorly earlier this month when he was set to make his debut against more experienced rivals and was scratched at the start.


It wouldn’t come as a huge surprise if he won, but preference is for Fabre’s Portimao, a son of No Nay Never who is a half-brother to Listed winner Paris Peacock and three other stakes horses. He must look the part as his dam went back to No Nay Never both last year (the yearling sells next month) and this year. He looks the pick on pedigrees here for this six furlong test.


1.25pm Chantilly – 1pt win Portimao @ 5-1 (generally available or 11/2 with William Hill)

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