What a fabulous day yesterday with Race Sharp winners at Chateaubriant, Toulouse and finally Fontainebleau!
ParisLongchamp plays host to a couple of local Guineas trials and there are a few that have caught my attention at the morning prices. I will also post Le Lion d’Angers in the afternoon.
12.58pm Prix Fould
Danyeva heads the market at 13/8 for Jean-Claude Rouget having won a maiden for unraced fillies at Fontainebleau last month. She is a sister to Zonza and her trainer thinks she has a touch of class about her. Unraced as a juvenile due to some issues, I think she could be vulnerable to some more experienced fillies today.
Saturne is Classic-entered for Francis-Henri Graffard and should appreciate this better surface, having finished last in the Group Three Prix Miesque when last seen. She is well found in the market at 4-1 though.
Marie Vélon is not able to claim her female rider allowance in this contest but I am still keen to side with Jerome Reynier, who has saddled a phenomenal 14 winners from his last 24 runners – yes you read that correctly and it should have been 15 as Eldrick de Vega was blocked for a run in a maiden yesterday.
Joviale Beré has a little to find with some of these but she is highly-rated at home and I think today is the time to catch her at 12-1, making her return to turf. Her fourth in a Classe 1 last time reads fine in the context of this and she has a great draw in three.
12.58pm ParisLongchamp Joviale Beré 1.5pt win @ 12-1 (William Hill, QuinnBet, Fitzdares, Pari Match)
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2.15pm Grand Handicap de Paques
Reynier took out a Parisian Quinté at the beginning of the month and he has two in here that are plausible each-way options in a great betting frame.
Olympie is penalised 3.5kg for a big handicap win at Cagnes-sur-Mer but Soumillon reportedly thinks she has another one in her.
Lower down the weights, Reynier’s other runner Champ de Mars has been minded for this €70,000 race and promises to break smartly from gate two. He was unlucky last time out at Marseille, has already placed in this grade and appears favoured by his trainer ahead of the 6-1 stablemate. He looks a good dart at 14-1 in a tough race.
2.15pm ParisLongchamp Champ de Mars 1pt each-way @ 14-1 (William Hill, QuinnBet, Fitzdares, Pari Match)
2.50pm Prix de la Grotte
This is all about Raclette, clearly, who is being backed this morning into 5/6 from even-money. She was a non-runner on Prix de l’Arc day due to the soft ground and is a perfect 2-2 to date.
She obviously has a huge reputation and some smart formlines, but as she hasn’t stepped into black type company to date, I will side with Times Square today, who ran four times as a juvenile and has course experience.
She follows the same path as Cirona, who won this last year by a head. She is rated 3lb clear of Mangoustine and although she was beaten by Zellie in the Boussac, I think that’s smart form and she should at least place today.
2.50pm ParisLongchamp Times Square 1pt each-way @ 5-1 (William Hill, QuinnBet, Fitzdares, Pari Match and generally available)
3.25pm Prix de Fontainebleau
€100,000 yearling Making Moovies was perhaps underwhelming on his last start of 2021, beaten a short head by Dreamflight in a Group Three, but he has always been extremely well regarded and made a sensational return to action in winning the Prix Torrestrella at Toulouse last month.
He might not end up as the best of these colts, but I love that he has already made his reappearance and 6/5 favourite Ancient Rome may not carry his juvenile form into this year, being a son of War Front.
Making Moovies looks to be the each-way steal of the race.
3.25pm ParisLongchamp Making Moovies 1pt each-way @ 9/2 (Generally available or 5-1 with Ladbrokes, Coral, Sport Nation and Sky Bet)
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