The second race on the card this afternoon at Lyon-Parilly is a 10-furlong maiden open to colts, geldings and fillies from the Classic generation.
Unlike most of these contests, there doesn’t appear to be a fearsome ‘Parisian’ horse from a stable like Fabre’s or Graffard’s.
Valiabad understandably disputes the head of the betting at 11/4, being a son of Siyouni, but he appeared very one-paced on debut at this course.
Kitana Blue brings the best form here, placed in a ParisLongchamp maiden, but my best bet on the card is the German raider Modern Value.
The daughter of Reliable Man cost just €22,000 as an Arqana yearling, despite being out of an Italian black type mare. She holds a German Oaks entry and ran better than 7th place suggests on debut at Chantilly two weeks ago. She broke smartly from stall 13 under Theo Bachelot, travelling well enough that she delivered an early challenge on the turn, before fading late on. I was impressed with her gate speed, cruising speed and attitude when she met trouble in running.
She’s no superstar but she looks good enough to take this for the Grewe stable. She may benefit from a longer trip in time and should be in the shake-up.
4.17pm Lyon-Parilly – 1pt each-way Modern Value @ 15/2 (most firms, Coral and Ladbrokes are 8-1, William Hill is 7-1)