The fillies’ juvenile contest at Compiegne has attracted a surprisingly small field considering the prize-money on offer and it doesn’t look a strong race. Favourite Dear Weaver has twice run well here, but she was no good on the flat, isn’t bred to progress and represents a yard that is 2-102 in the past two years.
The Macaire representative was well held at Royan on debut, while Miss Kent and Holetown have both already been tried in claiming company.
The outsider of the field, Dune Verte, is by the much-missed Pastorius, a big loss to the stallion ranks this year. His first National Hunt crop had outstanding results and this well-bred filly showed up well despite finishing fourth of five at Bordeaux on debut last month (subsequently demoted to fifth for interference). She was closing on the placed horses that day and it was a better run than the form might suggest.
She has as much scope as any in the field to progress on that debut effort, her yard is going well and the entries she has held so far suggests she is well-regarded at home. 7-1 looks too big.
11.30am Compiegne – 2pts win Dune Verte @ 7-1 (all firms, 15/2 with William Hill)