Jerome Reynier, who was kind enough to provide a stable tour to Race Sharp during the pandemic, is currently top of the French Trainers’ table and I can’t believe the price on his star gelding Facteur Cheval this evening in Dubai.

 

The son of Ribchester perhaps doesn’t ‘win enough’ but I’m convinced that last year he took his form well beyond his current rating of 116, which gives him strong claims of yet another podium finish in an elite race.

 

His run in the QE2 seems to have gone unnoticed – he showed a great turn of foot to finish second, having been anchored in last place towards the beginning of the race. He’s been the subject of good reports this year and his trainer doesn’t seem concerned about his lack of a prep run. He’s drawn well, loves going left-handed (he accelerates on his right fore) and was unlucky in the Prix d’Isapahan last year over this specialist trip.

 

The 5-1 about him finishing in the top four is absurd and he doesn’t need soft ground.

 

3.10pm Meydan Facteur Cheval 1pt each-way at 25-1 (4 places, generally available, or 28-1, 4 places with Wiliam Hill)