11.20am Mont de Marsan

The mixed card at Mont de Marsan catches our attention and one that we have been looking forward to for a few days now is Creedmoor in Race 3, which is a moderate maiden for three-year-olds.

This daughter of Invincible Spirit ex Vorda has moved to Vorda’s former trainer Philippe Sogorb from Roger Charlton’s over the winter. Clearly not as forward as her Group 1-winning dam, Creedmoor ran three times in the UK and has showed enough gate speed to lead us to believe she can at least place in this provincial company today.

Priced at 7/2 with all firms, Creedmoor is already attracting support and won’t have to better her UK rating of 68 to play a leading hand today from a low draw in 2.

Romantic Moon and Kama Chope are the only two horses that have showed any sort of ability to trouble Creedmoor here, but are winless in 12 combined attempts. Ratings in the low 70s appear to overestimate their ability and they may need a few goes in handicaps before they finally shed their maiden tags.

Sogorb has been hitting the board in three-year-old maidens this year and his home jockey Alejandro Gutiérrez Val takes off a massive 7lb. Whilst he is not the strongest in the finish, he faces nothing like the standard of jockeys who ride at Cagnes-sur-Mer and Pau in this contest. Ignoring Creedmoor’s last run at Chelmsford, where she had the 9/9 coffin draw, if she can break smartly like on her second racecourse start (also at the Essex venue) when she led for five furlongs, she should prove hard to pass.

1pt win @ 7/2 Creedmoor