Quite a tough punting card at Auteuil today, but I’ve backed a couple in the handicap hurdle (12.25pm).
Folie Passagere has not been at her best in two starts this term, the latest on chasing debut, but she had no chance in a level-weights contest that day. Second and third from her four runs in handicaps around Auteuil, she is off a very low mark of 51 and the return to this course is a big plus.
Marcel Rolland’s team is not the force of old, but he had a handicap winner here at the last meeting and his other winner in recent weeks, Costoli, was sporting first-time cheekpieces, which are tried with Folie Passagere today. She is certainly capable of winning off this mark and 25-1 is too big.
I do think the favourite Bombilla has a handicap in her off this mark, her yard is in great form, she ran well last time and is a worthy favourite, so she is also worth supporting.
12.25pm Auteuil –
1pt each-way Folie Passagere @ 25-1 (Skybet, Paddy Power, Betfair, Boylesports)
1pt win Bombilla @ 7/2 (all firms, 4-1 with Bet365)