Some interesting staying prospects in the 1m4f maiden at Clairefontaine this afternoon (2.25pm), but there’s only one I want to back at the prices and that’s Wida.


Philippe Decouz has made no secret of the regard in which he holds this son of Zarak and the debut run at Chantilly (1m2f, V Sft) in late April was a highly-promising performance.  He was beaten a neck that day by Colombier, who had the benefit of experience and has since landed a class 1 at ParisLongchamp.


Wida had his next run in a class 2 at Lyon in mid-May, and he still just looked a little short on experience upped in grade.  The front pair have since both placed at Listed level, so it was a big ask on his second career start, but it was a creditable effort.


Decouz had given Wida an Arc entry the week before Lyon and though he is obviously miles off that level at present, the step up to that trip today certainly looks a positive.  Wida’s half-brother was sold for €230,000 as a store to Gordon Elliott and finished a promising sixth in the sales bumper at Fairyhouse in April, while the dam, a winner at 1m7f, is a half-sister to the dam of Vauban.


Favourite Barbate sets a good standard, but he has had a few chances now.  At double-figure odds, Wida looks to have plenty more to offer and I’m hoping he can give the excellent Zarak his 100th domestic winner today.


2.25pm Clairefontaine – 1pt win, 0.5pt place Wida @ 9-1 (most firms)