Today’s first bet runs at Senonnes, where Homo Deus looks too big a price in the 1m2f handicap.
He is being leased to the current owners by his previous trainer, Keven Borgel, for whom he ran three times between November and February. Switched to David Cottin after his final run for Borgel, he led the field into the final couple of furlongs on his handicap debut/first start for Cottin at Chantilly last month.
An extra month will have given his new trainer plenty of time to get more work into the scopey son of Intello, who was dropped 4lbs for that effort.
Cottin doesn’t run many on the flat, but his team are in blistering form over jumps and at 50-1, Homo Deus is worth chancing.
11.20am Senonnes – 1pt win, 0.5pt place Homo Deus @ 50-1 (Bet365, 40-1 elsewhere)
The second of today’s bets in France is at Saint-Cloud, where Urban Rock is worth supporting in the opening claimer.
The six year old has been in fine form in similar company of late, winning at Mont-de-Marsan (where his trainer is based) in February and then finishing second at Fontainebleau last time, behind one that has since won again.
Away from the All-Weather, he is a really consistent performer, with his form figures on turf since arriving from France reading 422102…and he is certainly capable of running beyond his mark, having finished second in a class 2 at Bordeaux in October. He was also a five-time winner in Spain, so clearly knows how to win.
His trainer has booked the experienced Tracy Menuet, who has won on 11 of her last 35 rides, and the yard don’t tend to travel up to the Paris region without good reason. Previously a jockey, Roberto-Carlos Montenegro only started training last year, but he is already 2-2 at Compiegne and Urban Rock looks to have strong claims of giving him a first winner at Saint-Cloud.
2.35pm Saint-Cloud – 1pt win Urban Rock @ 9/2 (all firms)