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Bertrand Lestrade heads to Senonnes for two rides this morning and both look of interest, with Hamersley the bet in the 2m3f handicap hurdle (11.20am).

 

He was a dual winner over hurdles/fences a couple of years ago, with Lestrade in the saddle on both occasions, as well as when runner-up to the smart Dexter at Toulouse in April 2021.

 

Injury intervened and he was off from May of that year until December 2022, when reappearing with three quiet efforts at Pau.  However, there was much more to like about his recent fifth at La Teste 17 days ago, keeping on well from off the pace in a level-weights contest.

 

Lestrade is back in the saddle for the first time since winning on Hamersley in May 2021, the yard is going well and he is very well-handicapped off a mark of 50.

 

11.20am Senonnes – 1pt win Hamersley @ 6-1 (most firms, 13/2 in places)

 

The price on Aubazine has been nibbled at since I started writing this, so I’ll make the case for her brief.  A well-bred daughter of Shamardal, she ran a eye-catching race to finish runner-up on her second career start at Southwell in December.

 

Since switched to join Tim Donworth in France, she has been found a winnable race for her yard debut.  Donworth has made a big impression in his short career to date and is 6-19 this term – Aubazine still looks value to add to that tally.

 

11.50am Senonnes – 1pt win Aubazine @ 5-1 (various)