An interesting card at Chantilly today, with the newcomers races likely to produce some three year olds worth following in the coming months. The fillies’ contest (2.10pm) features two beautifully-bred fillies, with Christophe Ferland represented by Eurasienne (Frankel ex Gr.1 winner Indonesienne) and Tim Donworth running Fujiwhara (Night Of Thunder ex Serena’s Storm, dam of Rizeena and Summer Romance).
Our main bet runs in the staying handicap (3.20pm), with Mirissa looking an attractive each-way price. Though still a maiden, she went close to shedding that tag in this corresponding race last year, kicking clear in the straight and just collared late on by a nicely-handicapped course specialist.
Off between June and November, she ran two good races on her first two starts back, finishing a close fourth over 2700m behind today’s favourite Maestro Chop, with which she is now 2.5kg better off.
We have to forgive a lesser effort at Deauville last time, but the return to this trip/track are positives and the five weeks off is another plus, given she is a filly that appreciates time between runs.
3.20pm Chantilly – 2pts win, 1pt place Mirissa @ 11-1 (all firms)
Earlier on the card, Kobra Pepper is worth a small bet in the mile handicap (1.35pm). His form figures make for uninspiring reading, but he has been drawn 10/11, 16/16, 13/16 and 15/16 in recent starts and had an inexperienced apprentice on board last time in a conditions race in which he stood little chance on ratings.
Regular rider Laura Grosso is back on board, this is the lowest grade he has ever contested, and he showed enough on turf last summer off a mark of 30 that suggests he can be very competitive off this mark of 24.5 if he can rediscover his form.
Hiver Lover is of interest at a nice price in the same race, but the 33-1 (40s in places) on Kobra Pepper is too tempting to ignore.
1.35pm Chantilly – 0.5pt each-way Kobra Pepper @ 33-1 (most firms, 40-1 in places)