David Menuisier sent over last month’s Group 1 Prix de Royallieu third Ottilien to win her maiden on this card at Saint-Cloud a year ago and half-brother Salamancan is worth backing to follow in her hoofprints this morning (11.30am).
The son of Recoletos was ninth on debut at Newbury three weeks ago, but that looked a decent novice contest and he was given a kind introduction. Held up in rear, he travelled well (if a touch keen, so the hood has been added today), but the race developed away from him and he wasn’t knocked about.
Menuisier’s juveniles tend to improve markedly for their first run and his comments in today’s press have been encouraging in that respect. The booking of Theo Bachelot is a plus, as he is riding at the top of his game.
11.30am Saint-Cloud – 1pt win Salamancan @ 13/2 (various)
I’m hoping Menuisier can record the double with Mysterious Love in the fillies’ maiden (12.00pm). She is a shade of odds-on, so I won’t be putting her up, but the second to classy prospect Ashiya at Chantilly last time is smart maiden form and after two starts, she looks ready to make it third time lucky.
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